To reduce discriminations against people who were unable to give birth, Merck Serono, a leading multinational pharmaceutical company has taken bold steps by unveiling the ‘More than a Mother’ campaign in Kenya, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.
The campaign will first be implemented in Kenya and progressively rolled out in other African countries. Prof. Koigi Kamau, of the University of Nairobi said, “Through the ‘More than a Mother’ campaign, we will challenge the perception about infertile women, their roles and worth in society, both within and beyond the medical profession in order to achieve any systemic shift in the current culture of gender discrimination in the context of fertility care.”
The programme will provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners. It will also support governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatisation and social suffering of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples.
Women need a wide range of vitamins and nutrients to balance their hormones, especially with the demanding lifestyle and careers. If food is improperly digested, it leads to fermentation (excessive gas from bacterial action) and putrefaction, leading to impaired absorption of certain minerals and vitamins which are necessary for reproduction. Using Principles of Mayr Medicine, regeneration of the colon is targeted whereby conditions related to the colon such as sleeplessness, allergies, and arthritis are addressed. It leads to a significant increase in energy, improved body shape, clear skin, and a fresher, younger face following the removal of toxins and ‘puffiness,’ hence producing an anti-aging effect; not only on the surface but the body and various systems including the reproductive system.
It is worthy to note that in achieving this year’s theme of ‘Pledge for parity,’ it is important to highlight the benefit of excellent preconception antenatal and delivery care for our women in order to sustain efforts to ensure gender equality, especially regarding the status or pay. Being pregnant is largely referred to as a joyful experience and it is associated with a lot of changes right from conception to delivery and afterwards. Maintaining or enhancing a woman status or pay requires a seamless transition back to her pre-pregnancy state where increased productivity and service delivery is ensured. This seamless transition is best achieved by the avoidance of complications or untoward effects of pregnancy when a woman enrolls for preconception, antenatal and delivery care at reputable clinics and hospitals where she is availed quality health education and treatment services to stay healthy and carry on with the pregnancy and delivery without complications. It must be noted that poor preconception care negatively impacts on a woman’s health, thus making her less productive and unable to match up with her male counterpart in term of status and pay.
Maternity centre, such as MART Medicare, that offers world-class excellent preconception care, awesome antenatal classes/care and a superb delivery program are ideal. Such centres ensure that women remain in optimal health and undergo the pregnancy period without any complication/untoward effect that can affect their transition back to their pre-pregnancy state and maintain their high level of productivity to achieve gender parity.
As much as I would have loved to felicitate with women everywhere in the world on this day, without sounding like a chauvinist, I deeply and sincerely would implore all women to consider the above and draw a balance between child rearing and their careers. Companies such as Apple and Facebook have taken bold steps in considering ‘egg freezing’ for their young female employees to secure their chances of achieving conception when they are finally ready to embark on it. Certain stars and celebrities have also considered social egg freezing until a time when they would want to get pregnant. These are bold steps taken in the right directions, albeit, I hold the opinion of getting things done at the right time rather than ‘nipping in the bud’. I am not against egg or ovarian tissue freezing, particularly in cancer patients or when indicated medically, but in most cases, egg freezing is ideal when done at a younger age and will not benefit women doing this in their late 30s or early 40s. This article is not to say that women within this age bracket cannot achieve spontaneous conception, but the likelihood is reduced in comparison to when they were much younger. Women within this age bracket are the major presenters to most IVF fertility centres and the most difficult to manage. Specific options such as using a donor egg and surrogacy are usually unpleasant and unacceptable but might be the only way forward to helping them achieve their childbearing ambitions.
Conclusively, I do recommend that women consider undergoing fertility assessment early and avoid delaying childbearing should they want to embark on it. Also, early education of the female child should be enforced with emphasis on the ‘ticking biological clock.’