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Here is the Media Gallery and Archives for reproductive health workers, researchers and journalists. This also serves as a guide for families to get awareness about reproductive health, pregnancy, birth and postpartum related issues, stories and articles.

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

January 2017

Women unhappy with institutional care opt for home births in city | Tabassum Barnagarwala | The Indian Express | Mumbai | January 8, 2017

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Even as government statistics show that over 90 per cent child-births in the state are now done in medical institutions, an emerging section of women in Mumbai is going back to traditional methods, giving up hospitals and choosing midwives to deliver their babies at home. Original Article 

Muslim women face discrimination in government-run healthcare institutions | Tabassum Barnagarwala | The Indian Express | Mumbai | January 9, 2017

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Muslim women face discrimination in government-run healthcare institutions | Tabassum Barnagarwala | The Indian Express | Mumbai | January 9, 2017

When Behrampada resident Ruhi Fatema (30) delivered her first baby in Bandra West-based government hospital in December 2016, she was shocked when the gynaecologist slapped her during labour pain. No curtains were drawn to offer her privacy, instead she found ayahs ‘pointedly rude’. She says later, when other women who came to see her newborn shared similar experiences, she realised such behaviour was common towards Muslims. “It was humiliating,” she sums up. Original Article 

Why an arbitrary 20-week deadline for MTP?’ says doc | Disha Shetty | DNA INdia | January 14, 2017

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Why an arbitrary 20-week deadline for MTP?’ says doc | Disha Shetty | DNA INdia | 14 Jan 2017

 

Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) is illegal in India after 20 weeks however, Dr Nikhil Datar, Medical Director of Cloud 9 hospital in Mumbai question the arbitrary deadline itself……“What happens one day past 20 week or two days after that. Does anything change? So why so much of sanctity around 20 weeks?” he asks. Original Advice

Why India Needs to Improve Its Maternity Care Model | Reba Daniel | The Kochi Post | Ernakulam, Kerala |January 26, 2017

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Why India Needs to Improve Its Maternity Care Model | Reba Daniel | The Kochi Post | Ernakulam, Kerala |January 26, 2017

What we need to explore is – how can this existing paradigm be changed to ensure optimal outcome for mother and child, while sustaining the system for the greater good of all? The answer could lie in a reboot – bringing an evidence-based change to the protocols and practices within maternity care – to highlight issues, follow evidence, re-train healthcare providers and help the Indian model of maternity care to evolve to a far better version than what exists now. Original Advice

February 2017

March 2017

March 2017

March 2017

More Women Are Delivering In Hospitals, So Why Are So Many Still Dying In Childbirth? | Devanik Saha & Video Volunteers | India Spend - Cover Story | February 15, 2017

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 More Women Are Delivering In Hospitals, So Why Are So Many Still Dying In Childbirth? | Devanik Saha & Video Volunteers | India Spend - Cover Story | February 15, 2017

Why aren’t institutional deliveries resulting in fewer deaths during childbirth? Simply incentivizing institutional deliveries isn’t enough to push down MMR and infant mortality rate, wrote Ambrish Dongre, fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, in his 2014 analysis of the JSY. Physical and human infrastructure for maternal health and the quality of care too should improve, he said.An IndiaSpend analysis of multiple reports and studies shows that Dongre’s analysis is right. Original Article

Not the pain of delivery .... the operation | Runa Ashish | BBC Hindi.com | Mumbai | March 5, 2017
Women’s Day special: Subarna Ghosh questions rising C-sections in India! | Debjani Arora | Thehealthsite.com | March 6, 2017

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Women’s Day special: Subarna Ghosh questions rising C-sections in India! | Debjani Arora | Thehealthsite.com | March 6, 2017

Today we have a voice who is questioning this practice, reflecting the collective agony of so many women tricked in to undergoing unnecessary surgery and, demanding a safe and peaceful birthing experience for young mothers. This is the voice of Subarna Ghosh, who has filed a petition through change.org (which received 1.5 lakh signatures till date) to urge hospitals to declare the number of C-sections conducted. And yes, her voice didn’t go unheard, apart from doctors and other practitioners, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has supported this petition urging the health ministry to make necessary policy changes to curb indiscriminate C-sections in the country that have made childbirth a profit-making business at the expense of maternal health. Original Article

Video Story - Mumbai Increase in Surgical Delivery | ZEE 24 TAAS on Youtube | March 7, 2017

March 2017

March 2017

April 2017

April 2017

Campaign against unnecessary caesarean delivery | Meenakshi Tiwari | The Wire (Hindi) | March 8, 2017
Women's Day: Meet those women who changed the old legislation | Runa Ashish | FirstPost.Com (Hindi) | March 8, 2017
Doula: A Hand To Hold On Your Most Important Day | NamySaysSo - Blog | April 5, 2017

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Doula: A Hand To Hold On Your Most Important Day | NamySaysSo - Blog | April 5, 2017

A couple of generations ago, I believe Indians were well-versed in the natural process of birth and labor. Home births & midwife assisted births were common. Now, hospital births being the norm, improved mortality rates has also led to an increase in the number of unnecessary C-section births. Original Article

Profiteering Hospitals Are Driving Alarming Rise in C-Section Deliveries in India | Shweta Marathe and Renuka Mukadam | TheWire.in | April 21, 2017

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There is no denying that c-sections can be a life-saving procedure for child delivery and might be absolutely unavoidable in some cases. However, the increasing influence of non-medical factors for performing C-sections is a growing concern…….With a clear link to both income as well as the type of set-up – public versus private – these figures could well be a reflection of the increasing privatisation and commercialisation of medical services. Original Article

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

Coming up soon at Bandra station, special room for lactating mothers | Neha Kulkarni | Indian Express | Mumbai | May 3, 2017

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At present, waiting rooms for women at certain A1 railway stations like CST and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus have spaces allocated for mothers. Officials said this is the first time ever a baby nursing room is being developed for specific care of mothers and children. “In a brainstorming session between a committee set up of the bank and railway officials, we thought provision of a specific room for mothers in the station could prove to be a great benefit. …this would be one of a kind initiative we believe,” the bank official added. Original Article

Hospitals under CGHS may have to display c-section figures | PTI Story | The Business Standard | New Delhi | May 12, 2017

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A senior CGHS official told PTI that under a new process to be completed in a month, hospitals seeking to be empanelled by CGHS, which is under the ministry of health and family welfare, may have to publicly display the number of such deliveries. ….”Under the existing memorandum, we have asked all hospitals to voluntarily put out this information. However, when we launch the new empanelment process, it will be made mandatory,” the senior CGHS official said. Original Article

Why we all need to know how many C-sections each hospital in India is conducting | Subarna Ghosh | Scroll. in | May 16, 2017

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 Why we all need to know how many C-sections each hospital in India is conducting | Subarna Ghosh | Scroll. in | May 16, 2017

After reviewing country-level studies and analysing worldwide data, this panel agreed that while no woman who needs a c-section should be denied access to it just to maintain a particular rate, neonatal or maternal mortality rates in a population did not decline further when C-section rates rose above 10%. In other words, saving lives cannot be cited as the primary cause for Caesareans when the rates cross the 10 to 15 per cent mark. The expert panel confirmed and reiterated the 1985 norm. Original Article

City researcher's online petition on C-section delivery makes an impact| Disha Shetty | DNA India | May 16, 2017

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City-based researcher Subarna Ghosh, whose online petition on the high rate of C-section deliveries has received 1.6 lakh signatures, has managed to make an impact. Private hospitals that are a part of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) will soon be required to declare their rate of C-section deliveries. “We are here to improve the quality of maternal health and this is one step in the direction to regulate C-section deliveries,” said Ghosh, who is a PhD researcher at the SNDT University. Her online petition on change.org sought to make it mandatory for hospitals to declare their rate of C-section deliveries. Original Article

 

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

Coming up soon at Bandra station, special room for lactating mothers | Neha Kulkarni | Indian Express | Mumbai | May 3, 2017

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At present, waiting rooms for women at certain A1 railway stations like CST and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus have spaces allocated for mothers. Officials said this is the first time ever a baby nursing room is being developed for specific care of mothers and children. “In a brainstorming session between a committee set up of the bank and railway officials, we thought provision of a specific room for mothers in the station could prove to be a great benefit. …this would be one of a kind initiative we believe,” the bank official added. Original Article

Hospitals under CGHS may have to display c-section figures | PTI Story | The Business Standard | New Delhi | May 12, 2017

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A senior CGHS official told PTI that under a new process to be completed in a month, hospitals seeking to be empanelled by CGHS, which is under the ministry of health and family welfare, may have to publicly display the number of such deliveries. ….”Under the existing memorandum, we have asked all hospitals to voluntarily put out this information. However, when we launch the new empanelment process, it will be made mandatory,” the senior CGHS official said. Original Article

Why we all need to know how many C-sections each hospital in India is conducting | Subarna Ghosh | Scroll. in | May 16, 2017

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 Why we all need to know how many C-sections each hospital in India is conducting | Subarna Ghosh | Scroll. in | May 16, 2017

After reviewing country-level studies and analysing worldwide data, this panel agreed that while no woman who needs a c-section should be denied access to it just to maintain a particular rate, neonatal or maternal mortality rates in a population did not decline further when C-section rates rose above 10%. In other words, saving lives cannot be cited as the primary cause for Caesareans when the rates cross the 10 to 15 per cent mark. The expert panel confirmed and reiterated the 1985 norm. Original Article

City researcher's online petition on C-section delivery makes an impact| Disha Shetty | DNA India | May 16, 2017

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City-based researcher Subarna Ghosh, whose online petition on the high rate of C-section deliveries has received 1.6 lakh signatures, has managed to make an impact. Private hospitals that are a part of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) will soon be required to declare their rate of C-section deliveries. “We are here to improve the quality of maternal health and this is one step in the direction to regulate C-section deliveries,” said Ghosh, who is a PhD researcher at the SNDT University. Her online petition on change.org sought to make it mandatory for hospitals to declare their rate of C-section deliveries. Original Article

 

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