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SDG 3.7: Mother, Not Patient!

SDG 3.7: Mother, Not Patient!
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The age-old adage – As Mother as Child – is now being vindicated in scientific researches throughout the world. There are various researches to suggest that the positive thinking and positive ambience are boons for the mother's health and holistic development of the fetus while negative thinking and tension cause adverse effects. Besides, the communities throughout the globe have inherited various cultural practices to promote positive thinking and pleasant ambience for 'To Be Mothers' since the day of the 'good news'.

However, the gradual deterioration in the ambience of positive thinking caused by urbanization, nuclear families and modern lifestyle adversely affect the health and well-being of pregnant women. These along with profiteering among healthcare professionals are leading to an alarming rise in cesarean deliveries which are destroying the health of 'To Be Mothers' and future generations. The mistreatment of pregnant women starts from the day they are registered as 'patient' as thereafter they are treated as patient till delivery including verbal and physical abuse in the labour room. Besides posing direct hurdles in achieving SDG 3.7 and SDG 5.6 adopted by the United Nations for 2030, these inhuman practices also, create obstacles for other SDGs closely linked with the holistic well-being of women.

Devdiscourse firmly believes that the sufferings of the 'To Be Mothers' could be minimized and happiness increased in their lives through positive discourse and sensitization of various stakeholders associated with maternal healthcare. In pursuance to its responsibility as a global media platform, Devdiscourse in association with Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidlaya, premiere women university in India, launched a global communication campaign – Mother, Not Patient! - at 2 pm on Tuesday, 15th October 2019 with a vision to minimise sufferings of 'To Be Mothers' and increase happiness in their lives.

The Live Discourse – SDG 3.7: Mother, Not Patient! is part of the campaign for catalyzing objective discourse. Here you can participate by posting comments, pictures, cartoons, sketches and videos etc. Besides, you can also send us news and contributions in the form of articles, blogs, researches and memoirs. After required editorial review, they will be published on Devdiscourse and also on Live Discourse.


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Updated: 18-02-2020 13:03 IST Created: 15-10-2019 12:24 IST

1:03 PMIn response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Central government for framing guidelines to provide relaxation in attendance for pregnant and nursing mothers in educational institutions and jobs. In the PIL, filed by Kush Kalra the court was informed that in absence of any such guideline, the women are now forced to choose between reproductive rights and career. Also Read: HC issues notice to Centre to frame guidelines to provide relaxation in attendance norms for pregnant, nursing women

2:09 PMThe Trump administration has decided to amend the law and give discretionary powers to the immigration officers for providing Visas to pregnant women in the US. According to a right-wing think tank of US - Center for Immigration Studies - about 30,000 pregnant women in the US came to deliver babies and get citizenship for their children. However, the critics have raised objections to this new rule arguing discrimination. Also Read: US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women

2:14 PMA new study in the USA has revealed that the fetuses of expectant mothers suffering from stress, anxiety, and tension; suffer from heart ailments. Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Developing Brain at Children's National and the study's corresponding author, said, "We were alarmed by the high percentage of pregnant women with a diagnosis of a major fetal heart problem who tested positive for stress, anxiety, and depression." Limperopoulos further added, "Equally concerning is how prevalent psychological distress is among pregnant women generally. We report for the first time that this challenging prenatal environment impairs regions of the fetal brain that play a major role in learning, memory, coordination, and social and behavioral development, making it all the more important for us to identify these women early during pregnancy to intervene," Limperopoulos added. CHD or structural problems with the heart is the most common birth defect. Still, it remains unclear how exposure to maternal stress impacts brain development in fetuses with CHD. Also Read: Study reflects how stress in pregnant mothers affect babiesDevdiscourse is running a global communication campaign - Mother, Not Patient! aimed at making the world better for expectant mothers/ To Be Mothers

4:57 PMThe Weizman Institute of Science in Israel claims to have developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology for predicting gestational risk of diabetes before pregnancy. Besides helping the women to plan better for healthy pregnancy, the technique would also help the medical fraternity in prescribing better treatment to avoid complecations. Also Read: New AI tool can predict gestational diabetes risk before pregnancy: Study

4:20 PMThe research was conducted on 368 mothers and their children by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Texas at Austin. In the study, researchers found that the boys whose mothers were suffering from obesity during pregnnancy had lower IQ in comparison to their peers. However, the exact reason behind this connection between obesity of a pregnant woman and her child's IQ is yet to be ascertained.Also Read: Obesity in pregnant women can negatively affect IQ of their sons: Study

0:47 PMThe researchers at Rutgers University, USA say keeping anxiety and stress to a minimum during pregnancy (#MotherNotPatient) is important but is especially critical for high-risk pregnancies where it is believed to be a factor in premature births.Also Read: Study finds women need professional emotional support during high-risk pregnancies

2:58 PMThe star revealed that making friendship with pregnant women boosted her confidence. She also admitted that working out, yoga, acupuncture and lymphatic massages made her feel the best.All anyone wants to talk to me about is being pregnant: Ashley Graham, US Model

1:01 PMA research in California has revealed that about 25,000 children in the United States were born two weeks before the expected date due to warm weather between 1969-88. The researchers have predicted that due to global warming the premature births in the US will increase to over 1 in 100 births by the end of the century. However, experts have questioned the generalization of the research findings as some other aspects such as financial strain and pressure were not taken into consideration.Also Read: Hot weather linked to rise in early childbirth: study

0:22 PMNot allowed to participate in the Miss World contest and debarred fromo her title for being a mother, Miss Ukraine in 2018 Veronika Didusenko (24) has sued the organisers and launched a campaign (#righttobemother) demanding to change the rules of the contest. “She gave birth at the age of 19 and then got divorced. She can’t be a role model – these words by a male judge of Miss World still ring in my ears,” said Disusenko remembering the incident. She made it clear that she did not want her ‘pageant title’ but the rules must be changed to allow women in the contest without any discrimination. Also Read: Ukrainian beauty queen barred for being mother sues Miss World

8:45 PMWomen who get pregnant in old age generally suffer changes in the placenta, which in turn, means that baby boy being born to such mothers are more likely to develop heart problems later in life, a new study has found.Also Read: Baby boys born to older mothers likely to develop heart problems later: Study

8:16 PMThe Ministry of Women and Child Development has been directed to prepare region specific diet charts for expecting mothers which will be given to 543 members of the Lower House for distribution among their respective parliamentary constituencies as part of a social movement announced by the Speaker to combat malnutrition.Also Read: Indian MP’s to distribute ‘Diet Chart’ among pregnant women

3:55 PM Are pregnant women normal? This has become a debatable issue in Indonesia.Though considered a liberal country, the Defense Ministry in the largest Muslim majority nation has prohibited pregnant women from applying for the jobs apparently because they are not considered normal by the policy makers. This is being looked at as a clear case of discrimination against expecting mothers. The human rights associations are up in the arms as various ministries have also banned LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons from applying for the vacancies advertised by them. In fact, Indonesia is conducting a mega recruitment drive of about 200,000 civil service jobs nationwide. The government agencies have justified their move by arguing they want ‘normal’ people. Ombudsman of the country has also expressed serious concerns on such discrimination.Also Read: Indonesia ministries ban pregnant, LGBT job seekers: report

11:49 AMIt's not only the expectant mother but also the various stakeholders of the pregnancy like family members, paramedics and medical staff play important roles in healthy pregnany, safe delivery and healthy child. Also Read: Give your best while in womb to get the best offspring: Experts

1:38 PMMusic provides pleasant ambience for all but it's more important for expectant mothers as besides ensuring pleasant environment for them it also directly and indirectly influences the unborn babies. There are various scientific findings to conclude the positive impact of music on health of expectant mothers as well as the holistic development of the unborn babies. Also Read: How music can help expectant mothers during pregnancy

9:09 PMMaternal stress during pregnancy can affect fetal and child development as well as birth outcomes, a new study has found. The study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian identified the types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most. The study was published in the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Stress during pregnancy may affect baby's sex, risk of preterm birth: Study

0:40 PMFor me, the most beautiful woman in the world is the pregnant woman.However, the journey of pregnancy is not so beautiful for every woman. The duration of pregnancy is full of emotional imbalances, complications and curiosity. So, they need emotional and psychological support. Though they trust and dutifully follow the instructions of medical professionals, the experiences in health facilities are not always positive.How she is treated during the phase? This impacts her pregnancy and holistic development of the fetus. If she is treated as patient, the whole approach changes.Who is a patient? A patient is one who is suffering from any injury, disease or ailment but this is not the case with a pregnant woman. She carries a new life in her body. She is not there for treatment of any disease, injury or ailment but for healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. Therefore, pregnant women should not be treated as patients. Today, I urge the medical fraternity to take the first step to ensuring pleasant ambience for expecting mothers by discontinuing the practice of calling them patient. We request them to join the campaign on humanitarian ground. Note: Dr. Deepali Mathur is Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, BPSMV, a premier women university in India. She has been coordinator of the launch of the global communication campaign - Mother, Not Patient!

5:09 PMThe alarmingly increasing cesarean deliveries and sufferings of expecting mothers has now become a global concern. Devdiscourse firmly believe that the sufferings of the 'To Be Mothers' could be minimized and happiness increased in their lives through positive discourse and sensitisation of various stakeholders associated with maternal healthcare. This would be helpful in holistic development of the fetus, well-being of expectant mothers and minimizing cesarean deliveries which has become a global epidemic. In pursuance of its commitment as a global media platform, Devdiscourse is association with Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, a premier women university in India, launched the global communication campaign titled Mother, Not Patient! on 15th October, 2019. The campaign is aimed at empowering 'To Be Mothers' socio-psychologically thereby contributing to the achievement of SDG 3.7 and SDG 5.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 of the United Nations.

4:26 PMDr. Rajiv Mahindru is Professor and Head, Department of Obst and Gynae, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Sonepat, India. He shares his experiences on how sometimes pregnant women and their relatives compel the doctors to perform cesarean deliveries to avoid labor pain while sometimes the in-laws are impatient to get the baby out as soon as possible without much caring for the health of the 'To Be Mothers'. Also Read: Impatience and intolerance among pregnant women also adding to cesarean delivery

9:20 PM"Devdiscourse is of the very strong opinion that like many other problems in the 21st century, the negative communication is the root cause of such state of affairs. We also firmly believe that the sufferings of the 'To Be Mothers' could be minimized and happiness increased in their lives through positive discourse and sensitization of various stakeholders associated with maternal healthcare," opined Mr. J.P. Singh, Editor-in-Chief, Devdiscourse and Managing Director, VisionRI Connexion Services Pvt. Ltd."In pursuance to its commitment as a global media platform, Devdiscourse announces the launch of the campaign titled 'Mother, Not Patient!' to empower the 'To Be Mothers' socio-psychologically," added Mr. Singh.

00:11 AM Prof. Ipshita Bansal, Dean, Academic Affairs, BPSMV, the premiere woman university in India, shared her views on the global communication campaign - Mother, Not Patient!. Also Read: I was prepared for C-section but taken for normal delivery: Prof. Ipshita Bansal

1:47 PMDr. Saloni Gupta is known for facilitating normal deliveries unless surgical intervention becomes mandatory to save lives. She strongly supports the global communication campaign of Devdiscourse - Mother, Not Patent! aimed at minimizing the sufferings of pregnant women and increasing happiness in their lives. She did her post-graduate from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and is a leading obstetrician-gynaecologist in India.Also Read: C-Section brings many complications, says Dr Saloni Gupta, OB-GYN, Abhishek Hospital

0:36 PMDr. Manju Panwar, Head, Department of Social Work, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV), a premier woman university in India, has strongly supported the global communication campaign - Mother, Not Patient! In her message, she said, "I congratulate Devdiscourse for taking this important initiative to achieve one of the most important goals of SDGs "good health and well-being" particularly of mothers. Not 'patient' but 'Mother' is a step towards realizing the fact that women should not be treated as patients, rather 'To Be a Mother' who needs love, respect and care. In the present times, a lot of attention is paid on C-section deliveries without thinking about the harmful effects of it on the mother and child. The need of the hour is to make C-section only for critical situations and stop pressurizing from the humanitarian ground for a noble cause," said Dr. Manju Panwar, Head, Department of Social Work, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya. "The health professionals shouldn't treat 'To Be Mothers' as patients but have patience while dealing with them," added Dr. Panwar.Note: Visit Live Discourse for more news, views, and interviews on the global communication campaign - Mother, Not Patient!. Please click to sign the pledge and know more about the campaign.

10:58 PMThere are various researches throughout the world to suggest that the positive thinking, positive ambience and positive communication act as a boon for the maternal health and holistic development of the fetus while negative thinking and tension cause adverse effects. In a recent study published on 9th October 2019 the WHO came out with more shocking facts about sufferings of pregnant women. According to the report, the women are often mocked, abused, tortured and even slapped in the delivery room by healthcare professionals during delivery pain. Also Read: Mother, Not Patient! Why the Campaign?

1:23 PM“Though I was prepared for cesarean delivery, I opted and successfully delivered twin girls through normal delivery. In future, I will advise my daughters to go for normal delivery," said Prof. Ipshita Bansal, Dean, Academic Affairs, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV), a public university in the Indian state of Haryana. READ MORE

1:52 PMDevdiscourse, an online global media platform is slated to launch 'Mother, Not Patient!' a global communication campaign in collaboration with the Department of Social Work, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV), Sonepat (India) on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The campaign will be launched at the university campus. Read more...

18-02-2020 01:03:55 PM

Attendance relaxation for expecting and nursing mothers, Delhi HC asks Center to frame guidelines 

Attendance relaxation for expecting and nursing mothers, Delhi HC asks Center to frame guidelines 

In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Central government for framing guidelines to provide relaxation in attendance for pregnant and nursing mothers in educational institutions and jobs. In the PIL, filed by Kush Kalra the court was informed that in absence of any such guideline, the women are now forced to choose between reproductive rights and career. 

Also Read: HC issues notice to Centre to frame guidelines to provide relaxation in attendance norms for pregnant, nursing women

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23-01-2020 02:09:12 PM

US to control 'birth tourism' by restricting entry of pregnant women

US to control 'birth tourism' by restricting entry of pregnant women

The Trump administration has decided to amend the law and give discretionary powers to the immigration officers for providing Visas to pregnant women in the US. According to a right-wing think tank of US - Center for Immigration Studies - about 30,000 pregnant women in the US came to deliver babies and get citizenship for their children. 

However, the critics have raised objections to this new rule arguing discrimination. 

Also Read: US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women

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20-01-2020 02:14:22 PM

Fetus suffer from heart problems if expectant mother is in stress

Fetus suffer from heart problems if expectant mother is in stress

A new study in the USA has revealed that the fetuses of expectant mothers suffering from stress, anxiety, and tension; suffer from heart ailments.  Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Developing Brain at Children's National and the study's corresponding author, said, "We were alarmed by the high percentage of pregnant women with a diagnosis of a major fetal heart problem who tested positive for stress, anxiety, and depression." 

Limperopoulos further added, "Equally concerning is how prevalent psychological distress is among pregnant women generally. We report for the first time that this challenging prenatal environment impairs regions of the fetal brain that play a major role in learning, memory, coordination, and social and behavioral development, making it all the more important for us to identify these women early during pregnancy to intervene," Limperopoulos added. CHD or structural problems with the heart is the most common birth defect. Still, it remains unclear how exposure to maternal stress impacts brain development in fetuses with CHD. 

Also Read: Study reflects how stress in pregnant mothers affect babies

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16-01-2020 04:57:16 PM

Israel develops AI technique to predict gestational risk of diabetes before pregnancy 

Israel develops AI technique to predict gestational risk of diabetes before pregnancy 

The Weizman Institute of Science in Israel claims to have developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology for predicting gestational risk of diabetes before pregnancy. Besides helping the women to plan better for healthy pregnancy, the technique would also help the medical fraternity in prescribing better treatment to avoid complecations. 

 

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26-12-2019 04:20:17 PM

Mothers’ obesity during pregnancy can lower IQ in boys but not girls: Study 

Mothers’ obesity during pregnancy can lower IQ in boys but not girls: Study 

The research was conducted on 368 mothers and their children by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Texas at Austin. In the study, researchers found that the boys whose mothers were suffering from obesity during pregnnancy had lower IQ in comparison to their peers. However, the exact reason behind this connection between obesity of a pregnant woman and her child's IQ is yet to be ascertained.

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19-12-2019 12:47:11 PM

Women need emotional support during high-risk pregnancies: Study in US

Women need emotional support during high-risk pregnancies: Study in US

The researchers at Rutgers University, USA say keeping anxiety and stress to a minimum during pregnancy (#MotherNotPatient) is important but is especially critical for high-risk pregnancies where it is believed to be a factor in premature births.

Also Read: Study finds women need professional emotional support during high-risk pregnancies

 

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16-12-2019 02:58:30 PM

All anyone wants to talk to me about is being pregnant: Ashley Graham, US Model

All anyone wants to talk to me about is being pregnant: Ashley Graham, US Model

The star revealed that making friendship with pregnant women boosted her confidence. She also admitted that working out, yoga, acupuncture and lymphatic massages made her feel the best.

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03-12-2019 01:01:21 PM

About 25,000 children in US born two weeks before due date

About 25,000 children in US born two weeks before due date

A research in California has revealed that about 25,000 children in the United States were born two weeks before the expected date due to warm weather between 1969-88. The researchers have predicted that due to global warming the premature births in the US will increase to over 1 in 100 births by the end of the century. However, experts have questioned the generalization of the research findings as some other aspects such as financial strain and pressure were not taken into consideration.

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03-12-2019 12:22:36 PM

Miss Ukraine, a proud mother, sues Miss World for discrimination

Miss Ukraine, a proud mother, sues Miss World for discrimination

Not allowed to participate in the Miss World contest and debarred fromo her title for being a mother, Miss Ukraine in 2018 Veronika Didusenko (24) has sued the organisers and launched a campaign (#righttobemother) demanding to change the rules of the contest.  

“She gave birth at the age of 19 and then got divorced. She can’t be a role model – these words by a male judge of Miss World still ring in my ears,” said Disusenko remembering the incident. She made it clear that she did not want her ‘pageant title’ but the rules must be changed to allow women in the contest without any discrimination. 

Also Read: Ukrainian beauty queen barred for being mother sues Miss World

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28-11-2019 08:45:22 PM

Baby boys born to older mothers likely to develop heart problems later: Study

Baby boys born to older mothers likely to develop heart problems later: Study

Women who get pregnant in old age generally suffer changes in the placenta, which in turn, means that baby boy being born to such mothers are more likely to develop heart problems later in life, a new study has found.

Also Read: Baby boys born to older mothers likely to develop heart problems later: Study

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