The history of Obstetrics has always been closely associated with that of midwifery. For many years, regular antenatal check-ups and scans were not considered important during pregnancy. The need to see a doctor arose only if there was a problem. But as the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology progressed, so did women to keep pace with the rising health needs. After many years of motivation and awareness, the couples now understand that women’s health is more than health during childbearing, and it means more than the absence of obstetrics or gynaecological disease.
In any society, education makes women more aware. Some common problems experienced by most women during pregnancy are lack of nutrition in diet and chronic anaemia, which might create problems during delivery. Expectant mothers need to be sensitised early-on about the signicance of nutritious diet for them and the child. To achieve this, the Bathalapalli hospital conducts antenatal health education programmes with the help of audio-visual aids for women as well as men to have a better understanding of pregnancy and related complications. Around 10-12 couple counselling sessions are held for expecting mothers at a time.
All women in their reproductive years are encouraged to undergo screening for Cervical Carcinoma during pregnancy. Abnormal uterine bleeding examination and treatment, infertility work up till Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), evaluation of primary Amenorrhea cases, advanced Laparoscopic Procedures, Family Planning Counselling, High-risk Pregnancies, Obstetric Emergencies like Postpartum Haemorrhage, and Postnatal follow-up care, are all handled in the hospital. The hospital is well-equipped to manage obstetric emergencies, from early diagnosis of complications and timely
treatment to methodical follow-up, thereby resulting in decreased maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.