It is with a heavy heart that I write this morning, in fact with tears in my eyes.
A member of WWWA Miss Phillomina. K. died on Friday 6th June 2009, this was also the day she was born 24 yrs ago. On that day she went to the hospital to deliver her twin babies.
She lost the babies and then her life.
The question that one begins to ask is why women should loose their lives especially when trying to create another life. Again, is giving birth not a God given responsibility. Why then did Phillo have to die? Like the many hundreds of women who loose their lives in this continent every year.
In 2008 we buried two members who had died in maternal related complications.
Is this the new killer or is there any form of foul play, and why?
Phillo will be laid to rest on Thursday 11th June 2009. May her soul rest in peace.
Concepts and definitions
In the International Statistical Classification of
Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth
Revision, 1992 (ICD-10), WHO defines maternal
The death of a woman while
Pregnant or within 42 days
Of termination of pregnancy,
Irrespective of the duration and
Site of the pregnancy, from any
Cause related to or aggravated by
The pregnancy or its management
But not from accidental or
This definition allows identification of maternal deaths,
Based on their causes as either direct or indirect.
Direct obstetric deaths are those resulting from
obstetric complications of the pregnant state (pregnancy,
delivery, and postpartum), from interventions,
omissions, incorrect treatment, or from a chain of
events resulting from any of the above. Deaths due
to, for example, haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
or those due to complications of anaesthesia or
caesarean section are classified as direct obstetric
deaths. Indirect obstetric deaths are those resulting
from previous existing disease, or diseases that developed
during pregnancy, and which were not due to
direct obstetric causes but aggravated by physiological
effects of pregnancy. For example, deaths due to
aggravation of an existing cardiac or renal disease are
indirect obstetric deaths.(http://www.who.int.reproductive –health publications )
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Another woman dies in birth related complications
At WWWA, women refugee/asylum seekers come together to support one another rather than rely on handouts. These women have come from different countries in Africa, such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, DRC, Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda etc