Challenges to Cripple the Spirit

Pamela Chandler

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
Challenges to Cripple the Spirit

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This chapter relates the author's experiences training midwives, showing the human face behind the statistics. Lila was monitored for elevated blood pressure during her pregnancy. She gave birth to a healthy male child, but was, however bleeding profusely. Lila's condition stabilized and she slowly began to recover with the two units of blood. Within a few days of her delivery, another patient with profuse bleeding was brought to the hospital. Saving the life of both mother and baby requires an emergency Cesarean section, but this woman refused surgery. Due to her husband's consent, the procedure was done and both the mother and baby lived. Latifa was brought to the hospital because she had given birth to a baby at home. Her husband refused to allow her to have her tubes tied to protect her from further obstetric emergencies.

Keywords: midwives; blood pressure; pregnancy; Cesarean section

Chapter.  5196 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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