September 16, 2019
 In 2022-Improving Maternal Health

Country: United Kingdom
Delegate Name: Tristan Gerville-Reache

There are 4 billion women on earth, and all should have access to medicare before, during, and after childbirth. A statistic from 2017 estimates that 295,000 women died due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth that year. Regarding this statistic, the United Kingdom has taken measures to decrease the number of deaths caused by complications from pregnancy or childbirth, such as curing or preventing hemorrhages, infections, and blood pressure disorders due to pregnancy.
The United Kingdom has created specialized care teams for childbirth, improving maternal-fetal medicines to improve maternal health prior to and during childbirth. Hospitals and medical facilities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have created these teams for their facilities. The United Kingdom acknowledges that about 140 million births take place every year and the attendance for childbirth by skilled health personnel has increased over the years. Although situations have improved, we encourage motion toward having healthcare professionals present for all childbirths. It was stated that deaths from complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period have declined by 38% in the last two decades, but at an average reduction of just under 3% per year.
We have taken measures to ensure that progression for maternal health during childbirth improves at a more significant rate. The United Kingdom promotes the Women’s Health Organization’s (WHO) motion for health planning where women’s values and preferences are at the center of their own care. We also align with WHO towards “promoting health along the whole continuum of pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal terms”. We have been taking action towards providing good nutrition, detecting and preventing diseases, and ensuring access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. By ensuring maternal health is a priority, there is a reduction in the United Kingdom’s death rates due to pregnancy and childbirth.
The United Kingdom understands that not all countries may be able to advance medicare facilities for maternal health but does aim to structure budgets and movements toward improving maternal-fetal health. We promote providing good nutrition for soon-to-be mothers, detecting and preventing diseases, and health planning where women are the center of their own care. Since the increase in global population, the United Kingdom would like to promote ensuring the health and safety of all and soon-to-be citizens.