Reviews TV

Panorama: Dead Mums Don't Cry

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:55
  1. Jim Neilson, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. University of Liverpool

    There is an old African saying that a pregnant woman has one foot in the grave. Too true.

    This programme successfully highlighted the important, global, obstetric causes of maternal deaths—eclampsia/preeclampsia, obstructed labour, unsafe and illegal abortion, haemorrhage, and infection.

    It described a week in the professional life of Dr Grace Kodindo, obstetrician in N'djamena, the capital city of Chad. She is committed and engaging, and we followed her through joy, anger, frustration, and despair.

    Women in Chad have a lifetime risk of pregnancy related death of 1 in 11; the equivalent figure for the United Kingdom is > 1 in 5000. …

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