Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the
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In her work as a community health nurse, Clarice Ingraham has discovered that traditionally, Bahamianwoman play a major role in the country's society, as do women in all developing countries. The nationis both family-orientated and tourism-dependent. Women are housekeepers and often the sole breadwinners in their families. They often work in the hotel industries that comprise about 75 percent ofthe workforce. Maternal morbidity refers to the rate of incidence of disease, whereas the mortality raterecords the instances of death in the Bahamas. Maternal and infant mortality are basic indicators ofa nation's health status. If maternal morbidity and mortality continue to occur in the Bahamas at thepresent rates, they will directly affect the rates of infant mortality and morbidity. In developing countries,if women continue to be affected by pregnancy-related conditions, childbearing, and the puerperium (thefour-week period following childbirth), and are therefore unable to work, the economy, the home, andthe nation will suffer. The purpose of the research presented in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in theBahamas is to determine why maternal morbidity is at such an unacceptable level. The study examinesthe existing protocols, their effectiveness, and the extent to which they are followed; it concludes with therecommendations to ensure the provision of quality health care for all.