I think it was after my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter, that the conditions and treatment to women during these vulnerable times, was of great significance. My pregnancy was relatively smooth, with lots of midwife oversight, support and monthly and then fortnightly checks. I had blood taken often, and went through all the appointments with bubs heart beat being counted, scans as often as required (and 3D one just for fun!) and lots of medical support as it was needed. My husband is amazing and ensured to come along to every appointment, scan and anything we needed to be at, during the pregnancy and even after, for support and to be part of the picture and I appreciated that so much.
So with all this as a background, I wanted to share about what women go through in developing countries when they become pregnant (and if they survive the pregnancy) what happens during birth. Many of them actually do not make it. They die actually. And there are very limited articles, not many new ones - some I found from the New York Times from 1987! But the facts still stay the same, (from statistics back in 2016) 1 in 7 (often times higher) die in during childbirth or after childbirth. Some females, aged 10-19 are at the highest chance of dying during childbirth. And many times they pass from issues which could have been preventable; like excessive bleeding, infection or preeclampsia.
Other articles I have read about midwives going to assist during a birth in a developing nation. One in particular the women who was in labour, was actually giving birth outside onto the dirt. I was also raining and people were shielding her face from the rain pour through the use of banana leaves. It was something that I just couldn’t imagine taking place. It’s so far from what we know of labour in the western world.
But this is reality for so many women in developing nations. During this situation it was pivotal that the baby not drop into the dirt when they are born ... especially when it is raining, the person assisting has no gloves and the baby’s body quickly comes through, it becomes quite easy for that baby to fall. If that child does land in the dirt, this becomes a great point of infection... a brand new baby, straight into the mud.