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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Challenges to Cripple the Spirit

Challenges to Cripple the Spirit

A Midwife's Experiences

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(p.188) Chapter 12 Challenges to Cripple the Spirit
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Land of the Unconquerable
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Pamela Chandler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261853.003.0013

This chapter relates the author's experiences training midwives, showing the human face behind the statistics. Lila was monitored for elevated blood pressure during her pregnancy. She gave birth to a healthy male child, but was, however bleeding profusely. Lila's condition stabilized and she slowly began to recover with the two units of blood. Within a few days of her delivery, another patient with profuse bleeding was brought to the hospital. Saving the life of both mother and baby requires an emergency Cesarean section, but this woman refused surgery. Due to her husband's consent, the procedure was done and both the mother and baby lived. Latifa was brought to the hospital because she had given birth to a baby at home. Her husband refused to allow her to have her tubes tied to protect her from further obstetric emergencies.

Keywords:   midwives, blood pressure, pregnancy, Cesarean section

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