Needlessly dying to give birth

Elsewhere in this edition, we carry a heartbreaking article indicating that 68 women died last year in maternity care, due to delays in receiving attention from health professionals.

Some died from health care providers’ lack of skill, absence of emergency triage, poor monitoring, poor documentation, stock-outs and delayed referrals.

A study also found that poor communication between colleagues in the same health facility, which include doctors and nurses within the referral chain and of different specialties, was also contributing to maternal deaths.

Editor's Comment
A woman’s right to choose: Or is it?

Here in Botswana, we have many single-parent households, mostly female-led, so what does that suggest? That some fathers choose to ditch the responsibility of caring for their children and leave them to the ones who carry them during pregnancy to do the heavy lifting.Of course, in other dynamics, there are instances where the father wants to keep the baby and the would-be mother does not want to, hence the saying ‘whose body is it anyway’.In...

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