The fact that women and girls still suffer from obstetric fistula is evidence that health systems are failing to provide good prenatal care, nutrition, a skilled attendant at birth and emergency obstetric care. On this First International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, learn how you can help.
We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?
Maternity care -- who provides it, what it costs, how the baby gets out -- is much bigger than the so-called Mommy Wars. It's a question of the common good, and to get there, we need, as HuffPost blogger Randi Hutter Epstein recently noted, to go beyond the old "home vs. hospital" debates.
I know: you're going to think I'm a nerd, and that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon, but when I watched Alexander Tsiaras' TEDTalk about his gorgeous video, "Conception to Birth - Visualized," I kept thinking, "Huh?"
The treatment of a pregnant Tallahassee mother, Samantha Burton, by her obstetrician may well rank among the most egregious abuses perpetrated against a patient by her caregiver since the triumph of the patients' rights movement.