What are the consequences of poor quality care?

Mothers and newborns continue to die from preventable causes, such as blood loss, high blood pressure, obstructed labour, complications of pre-term birth, asphyxia and infection, even when they are in the care of health services. Poor quality care also increases the risk of illness and life-long disability. Mothers may suffer from pelvic infections, fistula, uterine prolapse, fatigue and depression. Babies may be infected, or suffer asphyxia or trauma during labour, leading to neurodevelopmental impairments and disabilities. Being born too soon presents a hugely increased risk of death and complications in settings where nursing care for sick babies is weak