Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Childbirth is deadly in Guinea Bissau

Raquel delivers a baby in Djati

Any of you who follow this blog already know about how dangerous childbirth is in Guinea Bissau/ FINALLY! Looks like the issue finally made it to the national news front

Here's an article released the other day by the AP

GABU, Guinea-Bissau -- Fatumata Djau gave birth to her fourth daughter alone, at home, in the dark. She arrived at the hospital at 3 a.m. with the newborn still attached, and the midwife cut the cord in the parking lot.

Hours later, the 32-year-old mother lies listless on her side as sweat beads trickle down her back. She has lost a lot of blood, and the maternity ward is stifling, with no electricity to whirl the rusty ceiling fans to life.

Across the courtyard, first-time mother Aissato Sanha is following doctor's orders – she is spending the final three weeks of a high-risk pregnancy in a bed literally a dash from the delivery room. But she is young, maybe too young, in her teens, and she has high blood pressure.

Both women are up against the same challenge: Guinea-Bissau is one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth.

Great article
please read the rest of the story

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