Friday, May 29, 2009

High Price of Childbirth

Death due to complications in childbirth is almost unheard of in our country and throughout the rest of the developed world. Unfortunately, this is not the case in poorer countries that lack proper equipment, medicine, and facilities. As a result, many women die from bleeding, infection, or high blood pressure- complications which are easily treatable. One of the main problems is the price of giving birth in a hospital; for many, it is too expensive and they resort to giving birth at home with a birth attendant who doesn't have any formal training. A midwife would charge $2, whereas a hospital birth would cost $6 and an emergency Caesarean would be $15. It's tragic that so many women's lives are taken each day simply because they cannot afford to get proper medical attention during childbirth.
Source: NY Times.