The Prevalence Of Maternal And Fetal Issues Within The Middle East

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Many factors influence the prevalence of maternal and fetal issues within the Middle East. This includes the lack of skilled healthcare facilities and technology, and the ability to seek prenatal care. While most of these issues are attributed to the lack of quality healthcare and facilities, another intriguing statistic exists that could possibly affect these issues. This statistic involves the role of men in maternal and fetal health issues, and the lack of autonomy women have in making decisions regarding their own healthcare. Specific aspects of Islam require women to follow guidelines regarding modesty and interaction with males. Another factor, and something of great importance, is the issue of men making decisions about the care, or the lack thereof, that his wife receives during her pregnancy. The Quran itself states that “Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth.” (The Quranic Arabic Corpus - Translation). Through much research, it has been determined that increasing the proportion of women who receive maternal healthcare services, especially skilled attendance at delivery, is one of the most important policy actions needed to reduce both maternal mortality and infant mortality in low income countries (Ganle). Results of a multivariable analysis showed that lack of prenatal care was found to be significantly associated with preterm labor, low birth weight, and perinatal…

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