Women cannot wait for the Ebola outbreak to end to give birth. The Ebola epidemic has put a significant strain on the healthcare systems in the affected countries.
Many medical centers have been forced to close due to lack of essential supplies, increasing numbers of healthcare workers who have taken ill, and fears of infection among staff. Many pregnant women aren’t going to healthcare centers to access care out of fear of being infected with the disease. Additionally, the outbreak has diverted critical resources and funds away from maternal healthcare services, including international funding for maternal health programs, and essential medical supplies and resources. This is increasing threats to pregnant women and their children. More women risk dying from preventable causes and experiencing obstetric complications during childbirth. Quality maternal healthcare services must continue despite the Ebola epidemic.