Without birth control and health care, these moms may die, sometimes during their fourth or fifth pregnancy, malnourished and exhausted from multiple, closely-spaced births. Often they are still nursing the previous child. This means most moms that die in childbirth leave orphans behind. If only they could space their pregnancies, they would have more strength, a better chance at life and at mothering their existing children. In cultures where men are not active in child rearing, these children are often left to suffer, starve, and die.
In the US, prior to the prevalence of handwashing and other aseptic techniques, rates of deaths from abortions and pregnancies were about the same. Midwives had better survivial rates, probably because doctors performed their work more often in dirty cities. As doctors tried to corner the market on obstetrics, in 1951 they formed the Amrican College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and to reduce the influence of midwives they successfully lobbied to outlaw abortions which till then had been undistrurbed in most states.
More recently, in the US sepsis is not so much a problem any more. Bleeding death rates have also reduced. Curious of what pregnancy-associated issue may have taken its place, some scientists have followed pregnant women for a year to see what their health issues are today.
The most common cause of death was injury. The most common cause of injury was homicide. The most common cause of homicide was guns. The moms were shot, usually by the father of her baby.In North Carolina 1992-94. In New York City 1987-1991.In Chicago 1986-89. In young mothers
Back to the third world, I see a story on NOVA tonight with another cautionary take of about the effect of the lack of birth control. It involved a Turkish woman who had 19 children. The first 7 children were born within 5 years. Overcome with the burden of raising them, many of her children never learned to walk upright. They walk on all fours, stuck in a baby's crawl. The daughters dispair of never dancing, never being able to marry. Their bone structure now may never be able to support them to walk upright.
Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age-an estimated 500,000 women die each year from pregnancy related causes, with 78,000 deaths resulting from unsafe abortion. Having access to safe, appropriate family planning methods and safe abortion when needed, can make the difference in women's lives. It can prevent dangers from pregnancies ...