Postpartum care is the key recommended intervention to reduce maternal deaths around the globe. This intervention enables expert health professionals to diagnose potential complications and provide necessary guidance and treatment. Globally, more than half a million women die of complications due to pregnancy, childbirth, and complications in the postpartum period, and more than half the pregnancy-related deaths happen after childbirth. Telehealth provides you with a platform to seek postpartum advice and treatment from the comfort and privacy of your home, with an online specialist doctor.
Despite the alarmingly poor and inadequate maternal care, access to maternal health services and maternal mortality remains a great challenge around the world, and more so in poorer regions, such as Africa and Asia. In Africa, about 125,000 women die annually in the first week after delivery. With an estimated 59,000 maternal deaths annually, Nigeria contributes 10 percent of the world’s maternal deaths. Yet less than half of women seek postpartum care and services. Especially women from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds tend to suffer more in access to quality care. And so, now more than ever we need interventions to increase the use of postnatal care services which target women from disadvantaged communities.
In this regard, Telehealth platforms have been playing a vital role to provide healthcare services to populations with greater barriers to quality health services. These barriers include lack of health care facilities nearby, lack of specialist doctors, lack of information and awareness regarding postpartum healthcare practices and high costs associated with in-facility visits such as transportation. Since the past decade telehealth has revolutionised how healthcare is being provided around the world, as well as many African countries.
What To Expect?
After childbirth, the new mother and her family are most likely focused on caring for the baby, with little to no knowledge of the health problems that can occur in the weeks and months after childbirth for the new mother. It’s reasonable to experience some pain and discomfort in the weeks after giving birth, but it’s also essential to be aware of where “normal” ends. Some postpartum complications, if left unaddressed, can interfere with healing, cause long-lasting problems and some serious complications may lead to death.
Common Postpartum Complications
Pregnancy is a beautiful yet challenging time in a woman’s life. It can cause a lot of long run complications for women which are majorly overlooked. Let’s have a look at some of the least discussed yet most common changes to women’s bodies after childbirth:
- Heavy Vaginal Bleeding
- Breast enlargement
- Hair Loss
- Bladder problems
- Vaginal Tears
- Night Sweats
- Skin Changes
- Wound infection
- Breast redness and pain
- Severe pain in your lower abdomen
- Pain, swelling, redness, or warmth in your legs
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Changes in vision, dizziness, severe headache
- New-onset chest pain
- Hormonal Swings & Postpartum Depression
Not all postpartum complications turn serious, but chronic conditions such as heart disease, obesity, or high blood pressure can increase the risk of pregnancy-related death. Book an appointment with an online doctor right away if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.
Prevention with Telemedicine
It is essential for new mothers and their families to prioritize postpartum health. After childbirth, consulting with a health care provider about your risk of a pregnancy-related complication and any special follow-up care you might need can save your life. With Telehealth you can consult an online specialist from wherever you are, regarding any concern.
Virtual consultations show a massive impact on mother and child health outcomes. The use of such platforms also plays an important role in providing better care especially for those who do not have access to medical facilities, such as women in rural areas. MOBIHEALTH is such a telehealth platform which not only provides healthcare solutions but also guidance and awareness for African communities. MobiHealth recognizes the importance of postpartum coverage for mothers, therefore a broad range of pregnancy-related services are offered via virtual care.
Some of the major elements of Postpartum care you can get with MobiHealth are:
- New mothers are recommended to seek consultation with health care providers within the first three weeks after delivery. Having trouble making time for an appointment or with childcare is not uncommon. You can book your postpartum care appointment with an online doctor without having to leave your baby or travel a long distance with virtual consultations.
- During your online appointment you can discuss any symptoms that you are having and contraception and birth spacing plans for future pregnancies.
- You can record your symptoms and birth-related important dates on your patient profile. This will help your online doctor get a better understanding of your situation.
- There are many challenges new mothers face during and after childbirth, breastfeeding being one of them for a large group of new mums. This can cause a lot of distress especially if the new mother is facing pain or swelling in her breasts. Book an appointment now, with an online expert doctor. One of the most important features that MobiHealth offers new mothers with such problems is the privacy and security they get with a secure connection to an expert online doctor, in the privacy of their home.
- Nutritional Consultations for the new mother are just as important as for the baby. Dietary changes can help with a lot of postpartum symptoms such as constipation, bloating, lactation etc.
- Online doctors can provide interactive sessions on routine postnatal care practices for parents, such as recognition of danger signs, feeding schedules, nutritional advice, and vaccinations etc.
Whether the delivery is normal or via caesarean, you can go through a variety of postpartum complications, such as postpartum depression, gastrointestinal issues (bloating, constipation), infection or sepsis, excessive bleeding, or hypertension etc. You can also book online consultations for any postpartum complication and receive timely interventions to avoid worsening of your problems in the future.
MobiHealth is playing a key role in promoting health care awareness on a community level with their interventions. To book an appointment or learn more, visit us at www.mobihealth.com.