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The unconscionable global toll of death during childbirth

by Keith Martin

Every minute of every day, a woman dies giving birth. The toll is staggering: 530,000 pregnant women a year perish, 95% of them in developing countries. Remarkably, 80% of these maternal deaths are from five entirely preventable or treatable causes: sepsis, hemorrhage, eclampsia, obstructed labour, or as a consequence of a septic abortion.

For every death, dozens of women sustain life-altering and irreversible injuries. Many develop obstetric fistulae that leave them incontinent of urine and feces, and pariahs within their own developing-world communities.

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Source: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/02/04/keith-martin-the-unconscionable-global-toll-of-death-during-childbirth.aspx


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