21 April 2008

Women are still dying during birth

A new report in Australian reveals that at least one woman dies every fortnight during childbirth, especially in remote Indigenous communities. Many of these deaths have been unreported and only reinforces the need for a complete review of maternal morbidity. As many Aboriginal communities are underfunded and underresourced, it comes as no surprise that with this new information, the marker of a 'healthy' Australian health care system falls apart when it comes to Indigenous women.

Not only are Indigenous women more unlikely to receive prenatal care in mainstream hospitals, they are also discriminated against and even have little to no access to appropriate medical care even at the best of times. There are simply not enough doctors and midwives in these communities.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23559257-1702,00.html

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