I'm a U.S. educated physician with a focus on Women's Health. I have recently been accepted to work with Doctors Without Borders and am a Directors of Volunteer Engagements for Senhoa.org. I love my family, my awesome boyfriend, my friends, my pup Chip, philanthropy, travel food and cupcakes! Join me as I travel the globe and help to make the world a little bit sweeter!
The pathologies that kill women during their pregnancies, deliveries, or just after giving birth are the same throughout the world. What makes the difference is access to quality health care, The vast majority of maternal deaths, 99%, occur in developing countries.
My focus is to help reduce maternal and infant mortality.
How?- By providing medical care during pregnancy and prenatal consultations, emergency obstetric care, postnatal care, and access to contraception and family planning but most importantly passing on knowledge to those of midwife at the appointed country
The main causes of maternal mortality are hemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor.
Hemorrhage, or severe bleeding, accounts for a quarter of all maternal deaths. A woman, even one in good health, who hemorrhages just after giving birth can die within two hours, especially if she is left without obstetric care. Sepsis, or general infection, is the main cause of death after delivery. One in 20 women giving birth develops an infection requiring antibiotics to avoid potential fatalities. Eclampsia is the world’s third most common cause of maternal mortality. Eclampsia is linked to hypertension and is characterized by the appearance of seizures that may lead to coma and death. According to the WHO, there are approximately 70,000 cases of eclampsia each year in the 143 least-developed countries in the world. Convulsions related to eclampsia can be prevented and treated using the drug magnesium sulfate.
Unsafe abortion refers to the termination of an unintended pregnancy by persons lacking the necessary skills, in an unhygienic environment, or both. One woman dies every six minutes from unsafe abortion. Of those who live, many suffer serious consequences such as infertility, or complications with future pregnancies.
My work with MSF is to remedy the “3 Delays” in Obstetric Care that are often decisive in saving the lives of both the child and the mother.