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October 01, 2010


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You know what, it may seem shocking to us in the UK, but this is how it is in most 3rd world countries and it is the small things that make a hige difference and that it is consistant help that is required. I have friends that work in South Africa in the townships etc and have seen this first hand too

Rosie Scribble

Jen, you're absolutely right. We heard many stories about the birthing conditions across the third world from Nicky - the midwife who travelled to Cameroon with us. While we were there one the the tradtional birth attendents asked us for a bar of soap - as you say, small things make sure a huge difference in places like this.

Whimsical Wife

Its so shocking and so far removed from what we take absolutely for granted :(

Jo Beaufoix

It sounds such a small amount to us doesn't it? $6. We so easily spend that sort of amount on a book or a cake or something. I hope Madame Meling Jacqueline is ok. Will you be able to find out? It must be hard not knowing.

Adventure Mother

We take so much for granted. Reading stories like this makes us all realise how privileged we are to live in our society today.


Makes me so grateful for the NHS. It's hard to believe people give birth in such basic, insanitary conditions in this day and age. Must have been difficult to witness.

Emily O

I've had a homebirth and you should have seen all the kit the midwives brought with them. And I knew an ambulance would soon be on its way if I needed to be transferred. I really dread to think what happens when complications develop in countries like Cameroon and medical supplies are so limited. I actually can't bear to think about it. At least if things go smoothly you hope all newborn babies can have the tetanus vaccine in the future.

Rosie Scribble

It is shocking, yes. I hadn't realised conditions like this existed. Really makes you appreciate what we have here.

Rosie Scribble

Yes, we are incredibly lucky. I've been critical of the NHS in the past but the situation in the developing world where they have nothing, really puts it into perspective.

Rosie Scribble

It doesn't bear thinking about does it? A numb silence fell over our group when we discussed with the midwife what happened to these women when there were complications during delivery. The delivery kits there were typically a plastic sheet and a plastic apron. And that's it. Frightening and very disturbing if you think about it too much. Thanks for commenting Emily.

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