JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Indonesia has some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest factors affecting the rate of maternal deaths is a lack of access. Local midwives in remote corners of the country are on the frontlines of primary care, but many women in poor and rural settings don’t have access to such care — and even when services are accessible, the quality varies.
Maternal mortality remains a global issue. Despite a significant reduction in recent years — falling by half between 1990 and 2015 — some 216 women per 100,000 live births still die each year. Now, Sustainable Development Goal 3 on healthy lives and well-being is aiming to reduce the number of women dying due to complications in childbirth to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. This is a huge challenge, and one that many countries are struggling to meet, particularly in a country such as Indonesia, where the numbers fell by just 5 percent in the same time period.
PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — Silicon Valley has a well-documented gender discrimination problem, but more female entrepreneurs are coming forward saying they’ve been victims of “momism” or maternal bias.
When Ming Zhao and Amy Yuan both found out they were going to be mothers around the same time. It happened at a time when they were trying to raise another child so to speak — a start-up called Proven, which offers data-powered customized skincare products.
Yuan had learned she was pregnant after suffering miscarriages. The pregnancy was a surprise for Zhao, since she was in the middle of freezing her eggs so she could focus on launching the business.