How does the health of women help in national development? importance of maternal health

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Healthy woman, healthy World", (

Women who are healthy are more likely to produce viable and healthy offspring and are less likely to die from complications of childbirth. Healthy women are able to be productive and are able to manage work or childrearing.

Women who are suffering from the effects of malnutrition are less likely to give birth to viable offspring. They are more likely to die from complications of childbirth as a result of malnutrition.

Women who are exposed to chicken pox during pregnancy are likely to give birth to children with congenital varicella which causes  more serious  effects than getting chickenpox as a child. It can result in scarring of the skin, weakening or withering of the arms and legs, called atrophy (AT-row-fee), and eye abnormalities. Women who are exposed to rubella during pregnancy are likely to give birth to infants suffering from congenital rubella. The fetus is at increased risk for a variety of problems, including deafness, heart problems, cataracts of the eyes, and mental retardation, just to name a few. (

Women suffering from AIDS are likely to pass the illness on to their sex partners unless they are educated regarding safe-sex practices. Women who are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus are likely to pass the virus on to their children through the birth process. (

jkirkwoo eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree women who are healthy are more able to bear healthy infants and raise healthy children.  Women who are mentally and emotionally healthy are more apt to raise their children to be good examples, outstanding citizens, and to encourage education.

Women are also the heart of the home and a family is just a microscopic version of society.  If families are healthy (emotionally, physically, and spiritually) than the society will be healthy as well.  If families are broken, unhealthy and unguided so will the society be that that type of family is in.  Families are important and it is often more the women's role to bring the family together although men play an important role as well.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women are the glue that hold together the family unit, thus hold together society.  Without healthy women, strong women, determined women, society is indeed in a detrimental state.  We are often the mediators, the voices of reason.  We provide the nurturing side of logic, and are often able to  clearly and accurately see all sides of a problem--therefore putting ourselves in the shoes of others.  At the same time, women can be really tough when it comes to dishing out the "rules".  Look at Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth I and II, Anne Richards , Dixie Carter, and Martha Layne Collins as examples.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
A healthy woman will have a healthier child. The biggest examples are the need to take the right medications and vitamins when you are pregnant, and the need to avoid drugs, alcohol, and otherwise dangerous substances. Even the smallest thing can affect the child.
epollock | Student

Since women bear children, the fate of society depends on the healthiness of women,  The less healthy, the less children born. I think you could easily find statistics from the National Institutes of Health.