- Maternal Mortality due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth in Kenya is currently at 355 deaths per 100,000 live births
- Approximately 40% of the deaths in Kenya are attributed to Post -Partum Hemorrhage (PPH )
- Doctors Urge women to report immediately to a health facility if they experience excessive bleeding after child birth
Postpartum hemorrhage is a serious condition that causes excessive blood loss.
Appearing on Ghetto radio’s Sunday afternoon show dubbed The Salon Dr Janet Githinji alias daktari wa Mtaa , shed more light on the condition
Understanding Postpartum hemorrhage
Asked to explain in layman language what this means Dr Janet says ,
” Postpartum hemorrhage ni kumwagika damu excess after kuzaa ‘’
She noted that whether the woman has delivered via caesarean section or vaginal delivery they are at risk of postpartum hemorrhage
Additionally if the woman has had a normal delivery and loses more than half a liter of blood or delivers via caesarean section and loses more than 1 liter of blood or experiences excessive bleeding ,they should immediately seek intervention
‘’Ukiwa kwa situation mwanamke anamwaga damu excees more than half a liter ama damu kumwagika hadi mwanamke anafeel kiu ama kizunguzungu hii ni danger sigh’’
What causes PPH
Dr Githinji says , that once a baby is delivered, the uterus normally continues to contract (tightening of uterine muscles) and expels the placenta.
After the placenta is delivered, these contractions help compress the bleeding vessels in the area where the placenta was attached.
If the uterus does not contract strongly enough, called uterine atony, these blood vessels bleed freely and hemorrhage occurs
Mitigating the situation
Dr Janet says that in most cases doctors has witnessed a case where they have lost a mother to this in their line of duty
‘’Huwa inatuuma sisi kama madaktari mwanamke akikuja kujifungua na inabaki mtoto anaenda nyumbani na babake ama the worst tunapoteza wote inauma sana ‘’
She says that treating postpartum hemorrhage means finding and stopping the cause of the bleeding as quickly as possible.
This may include removal of placental pieces that remain in the uterus and in any medical facility women get medical care that helps stimulate uterine contractions
She has urged women to make sure they attend at least 8 visits during the 9 month journey .
If anyone is taking care of a woman who has just delivered if you notice excessive blood loss kindly rush to the nearest health facility’’ Added Dr Janet