Midwife Shona Featherstone working with the Living Hope charity in Nigeria
…Common problems during childbirth include breach deliveries and obstructed or prolonged labour; complications that would lead to a caesarean operation in this country.
“Even the women who survive a traumatic labour can suffer a ruptured uterus or haemorrhaging, and there are no blood transfusion facilities in the villages,” says Shona. “When I was there, we needed to do a caesarean section and the charity had to pay for oxygen on the black market.
“Some birth complications lead men to leave their wives, so the women become socially isolated.” …