I vividly recall when I was a medical student, the Ministry of Health was campaigning hard to reduce home delivery. It recruited ‘bidan kampung’ or village midwife to work with trained community nurse and midwife to promote hospital childbirth. For the next few years, we saw a gradual decline in maternal mortality due to excessive childbirth bleeding (postpartum hemorrhage).   There were occasional cases of mothers dying from deep jungles, especially orang asli commune or those from interior parts of East Malaysia.

The reason for a higher mortality is due to the difficulty to reach the hospital. The postpartum bleeding can be excessive and mothers deteriorate very fast. The other causes include obstructed labor and sepsis.


Author: Dr Ng Soon Pheng

Dr. Ng Soon Pheng MD(USM), M.Med (O&G), Fellow Reprod Medicine (Singapore), AM (Mal) Dr. Ng Soon Pheng qualified from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. After obtaining his post graduate degree, Dr. Ng Soon Pheng continued his clinical fellowship training in the field of IVF in Singapore. He was also the recipient of Yayasan Sultan Iskandar (Johor) Scholarship for the fellowship stint. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng has more than 10 years of working experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the public and university hospital, with special interests in infertility. He was an Associate Professor with the Department of O&G in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) specialising in infertility. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng is currently Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with special interests in infertility at Columbia Asia Hospital - Puchong.