1. The article on high-risk pregnancies in The Hindu on February 17 astutely drew public attention to a matter of great concern to the obstetrics and gynaecology community, but often overlooked by the rest of the country. India has great strides in decreasing maternal mortality — from an MMR of 130/100,000 live births in 2016-2018 to a MMR of 97/100,000 in 2018-2020 — by ensuring an increase in institutionalised deliveries and antenatal care, and improving women’s access to reproductive healthcare services.
  2. Contraception or family planning helps ensure that women and men can choose if, and when they want to have children. The Indian family planning programme has for many years effectively offered a basket of choices for modern methods — and has reached many milestones in reducing what is known as the unmet need across most parts of the country.
  3. Awareness and evidence-based information are key to encouraging people to choose the best method for themselves.