Medicine & Doctors · Public health

What we can learn from hospitals which have successfully brought down their C-section rates

This was published in ‘The Better India’ on May 6 2017. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. New research from Harvard Medical School in the US, where too the ‘profit motive’ gets disproportionately blamed, emphasizes what could be called system factors: limited resources, high workload, limited motivation, and limited accountability. These put… Continue reading What we can learn from hospitals which have successfully brought down their C-section rates

Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Using hypothetical Facebook conversations and some satire, I have attempted to highlight the challenges faced by India’s poor in maternal care. 1. Almost 70% of Indians live in villages, and a majority of villages have poor govt health infrastructure and unreliable electricity supply. People manage somehow, but these ‘jugaads’ are dangerous & unsustainable. Besides, the… Continue reading India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Article series on Women’s Health / Maternal Health In India

Through generous funding from New Delhi’s Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, I was able to pen a series of articles on an important public health topic in India: maternal health. I worked on these articles from mid-November 2015 through February 2016. Following is a list of those: On the worrying trend of unnecessary… Continue reading Article series on Women’s Health / Maternal Health In India

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Harvard Student Working For India’s Rural Women and Maternal Health

I wrote this article to honor the magnificent work being done by my friend Aneel Brar in the field of maternal health. It appeared in HuffPost India on March 13, 2016. Here is the link. Following is an extract: “It’s a much better life there” is what the lead character opined about America in the… Continue reading Harvard Student Working For India’s Rural Women and Maternal Health

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Shunned for Years, Can Trained Midwives Fix India’s Maternity Mess?

This article appeared in Quartz India on March 02, 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: By and large, the most persuasive argument for making midwives more mainstream in India is a feminist one. It can hardly be contested that the current system in which women receive care here is heavily biased towards… Continue reading Shunned for Years, Can Trained Midwives Fix India’s Maternity Mess?

Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

This part-satire fictional article was published in India Medical Times on 30 jan 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: “We have this pet phrase of ‘skilled birth attendance’. Politicians and bureaucrats naively believe that getting women give birth in hospitals instead of homes satisfies the ‘skilled birth attendance’ recommendation of the World… Continue reading Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again

This article was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Jan 9 2016. Here is the link: Following is an extract: The public health problem of unnecessary Caesareans has been around for some time now. But only recently, with distrust in the healthcare system increasing, have Indian patients begun questioning needless surgeries… Continue reading The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again