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Lack of Midwives Linked to Increased Infant Mortality

by Kathy Jones on April 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM
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 Lack of Midwives Linked to Increased Infant Mortality

More than two million women give birth to their baby without any help while nearly a third give birth without any midwife present, according to a new report released by Save the Children.

The report revealed that nearly 2,000 babies die every day due to the lack of midwives and added that the situation is far worse among the developing nations compared to the developed world. According to the figures, while less than one percent of women in Britain give birth without any proper help, the figure is as high as 94 percent in countries like Ethiopia.


Majority of the babies are lost due to simple birth complications that can be easily prevented with proper medical assistance while some of the traditional practices followed are often harmful for both the mother and the baby.

"No mother should face giving birth without help. It doesn't have to be complicated: someone who knows how to dry a baby properly and rub its back to help it breathe can make the difference between life and death. No child is born to die", Save the Children's Justin Forsyth said.

Source: Medindia
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