In birthing rooms, Bolivia sees way to cut maternal deaths (CSM)

By Sara Shahriari for The Christian Science Monitor. Link to original article, 18 July 2013

This article looks at new maternal health initiatives that aim to “improve maternal and child health by incentivizing childbirth with trained health professionals, be it in a hospital or at home”. One of these policies is to make Bolivian hospitals delivery rooms more like rural homes.

As Shahriari notes, “It’s a dramatic change in a country that for centuries excluded indigenous people and indigenous knowledge from “official” spaces like schools and hospitals”.

Bolivia still has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. Although rates have fallen in recent years there are still an 190 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births.

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