The Concept of Safe Motherhood

By: Olugbenga, F.O. [Health Practitioner],

Safe Motherhood is a series of simple actions put in place to ensure that maternal and neonatal deaths are not recorded in the course of conception. (Maternal Death => The death of a woman while pregnant; Neonatal  Death => The death of a baby within the first 28 days of life) Maternal and neonatal are seen to be a usual phenomenon in African countries.

Nigeria has many more mothers dying in child birth than other countries. As a result, too many families are left with a lonely father, and without a mother to care for her children. But many of those deaths can be prevented by taking some simple actions.

To the tune of above, families and pregnant women failing to recognize the warning signs of problems in pregnancy. Not knowing the signs, they are putting the woman’s life at a serious risk.


When you are pregnant, it is important that you, your husband and close family members know the preparations necessary to ensure you have a clean and safe delivery, as this plan tells you and your husband what you both need to do.

  • The hospital question: this takes care of which health facility to go to as planned. As soon as you get pregnant, do go to a hospital or maternity for booking where necessary things will be done.

  • Recognizing warning signs if any, and the next line of action. In the case of this, visit your hospital.

  • How much money will you need to save for transport, delivery and in case of an emergency? As you are planning for pregnancy, plan ahead with the expenses you will incur.

How will you get transport? Include prior arrangement with a reliable transport system, especially, in case of an emergency.

  • Who will stay at home to look after your children? These and more important things you should put in check.

In this instance, as delivery times draws near, make sure all the expected arrangements in the safe delivery plan have been made. It helps to make sure that all arrangements required for a clean and safe birth including the presence of a skilled attendant are made well in advance of the Expected Delivery Date (EED).

Every woman is at risk of complications and most complications cannot be predicted, the woman and her family must also be prepared for a possible emergency so that the woman can get the care she needs as quickly as possible. This direction necessitates the fact that the plan helps you for a normal delivery but also to get you ready for any problems that may arise.

Take the Following with You to the Health Centre for Your Safe Delivery.

  • Jik or Methylated Spirit.
  • Olive oil.
  • Cotton wool.
  • Cord Clamp, Sterile latex glove.
  • 1 packet of new razor blade.
  • Sanitary towel, Soap, Baby Clothes.
  • Money and Clothe for mother.

It is important you take note of the following, and of course, traditional practices that prevent or do not meet any of these should be discouraged. It is necessary to emphasize these practices so that women will deliver in a clean environment with a clean birth.

NB: You can make use of the comment box or send questions on your health issues to  , with your email address, you’ll receive desirable answers as health issues are confidential.


Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also