Maternal health in India: Where we are today

by Aparajita Gogoi and Renuka Motihar

Sunita, a young woman in her fourth month of pregnancy in rural Odisha, suddenly discovered that she was bleeding profusely. It took her a while to understand that the situation was serious and called her husband Ramesh. He rushed home from work. They realized they needed to go to a hospital, but discovered they did not have enough money. After spending precious time trying to borrow money, they managed to hire an auto-rickshaw and reached the hospital. But it was too late. There were no doctors or nurses available and Sunita died.