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Amazing documentary tonight on BBC1 at 10.35pm - Four Born Every Second - a kind of global OBEM

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MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 19:25:23


I saw a preview today and it is both shocking and inspiring.

287,000 women die from pregnancy related causes every year, 99% of them in developing countries.

The film shows the difference between UK and US births and those in Cambodia and Sierra Leone.

It does contain quite distressing scenes of still birth, so maybe not for you if you are currently pregnant.

I blogged about it today (link on profile) to give you an idea what it is about and will be watching again tonight.

ggirl Mon 19-Nov-12 23:14:04

Oh My God
a ruptured uterus

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 19-Nov-12 23:14:57

Oh bless him.

FeathersMcGraw Mon 19-Nov-12 23:15:28

poor girl

wonderstuff Mon 19-Nov-12 23:17:30

heart breaking isn't it. We just don't as a global society care enough about women and children.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:17:33

I would guess that a ruptured uterus would not end well in UK hospitals either though? Would they be able to save the baby?

wonderstuff Mon 19-Nov-12 23:20:29

I was thinking more of the country stats they were showing for maternal survival.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:24:21

oh, yes. Sorry, was not referring to your post. Was musing about the woman who died, and if she'd have survived if she had lived in UK.

I agree that not enough is done for women and children.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:26:00

If you weren't weeping already, then I bet that wee boy set you off.

wonderstuff Mon 19-Nov-12 23:26:06

That poor Cambodian boy - heartbreaking.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 23:26:34


OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 23:27:13

And what the jeff was the medicalised cervix water bomb they were offering Starr?!?

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 19-Nov-12 23:28:45

The don't do straw balloons up the fanjo here.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:28:51

I wondered about that too, Olivia. I loved her bear-like roar though

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 23:29:08

I want to reach into my television and hug that doctor from Sierra Leone.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:29:17

stunning stat coming up

wonderstuff Mon 19-Nov-12 23:29:23

I wondered on that - and if anyone had advised me to make out after several days labour - not sure I'd be impressed.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:30:09

That is about £1.70 per person for the whole of Sierra Leone. Population around 6m.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 23:30:39

Didn't they say at the beginning that there were only 200 doctors in the whole country though?

ggirl Mon 19-Nov-12 23:30:39

the tragedy of greed and corruption

wonderstuff Mon 19-Nov-12 23:30:55

Madness isn't it.

MmeLindor Mon 19-Nov-12 23:32:07

Yes, about 200 docs, and 87 midwives, iirc

Dr Phillip for Olivia

notnagging Mon 19-Nov-12 23:34:13

Amazing programme. That mother that died on the operating table was heartbreaking. Didn't expect it to be so graphic showing the baby that had already started to decomposesad

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 23:35:35

oh god that baby

ggirl Mon 19-Nov-12 23:36:02

that was harrowing

KnockMeDown Mon 19-Nov-12 23:36:58

That beautiful baby girl - I am in tears now

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