In 2015, more than 300,000 women died in childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death and accounts for an estimated 19 percent of maternal deaths. Who will hemorrhage after delivery is unpredictable but if untreated, PPH can kill a woman within 2 hours.
It’s not cultural preferences that force women to give birth alone: poverty and lack of supportive health policies do. Nosa Orobaton, Bolaji Fapohunda and Anne Austin share insights from health policies – where one in five women give birth with no help.