But while more midwifery research is required, there are small things can be done to make childbirth easier for women. Childbirth need not be undignified.
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The people failed most by the lack of C-sections are babies. In Kenya about 13,600 babies die every year as a result of birth trauma and birth asphyxia – lives that would be saved by a C-section performed on time.
Myths about diseases spread like wildfire. Malaria is a case in point. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya asked me to help sort out fact from fiction in this article published yesterday.
With small batteries, many may think, it’s only small and will pass through the gut and will not do much harm but batteries are extremely dangerous when swallowed by little children.
If your typical Barbie had real life proportions, she would be 5 feet 9 inches, a bust of 36 inches and an 18 inch waist. That shape is not only improbable but unhealthy and a real woman with such proportions would have such a low weight, she would be unable to menstruate.
Researchers compared the stress response among those who were present at the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 to that of those who were exposed to the trauma only through the media. They found that those people who spend six hours or more of daily media exposure suffered higher acute stress symptoms than those people who were present at the bombing.
An exaggerated hour-glass shape was what I wanted. Watching my mum and aunties, I knew it was highly unlikely I would get those hips and bottoms but hope is, you know, just hope…… when you are young, you never stop hoping.
In most of Africa, when women bring their babies for vaccination, they have to sit through talks by nurses at the clinics on the value of immunizations, good nutrition and family planning. It would not be difficult for another small chat to be added about how to spot post-partum depression and point new mothers to a place where they can find help for free.
Feeling depressed while holding your ‘bundle of joy’ seems at odds with itself. But it is the reality of many women.
It is amazing that though we are reaching out into the universe to explore outer worlds – we still have not worked out how immunity to malaria is accomplished in adults. The score remains: malaria A+, humans C+. We are trying, but it’s not good enough.