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Medics worldwide: news and opportunities from the IFMSA

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 01 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:05016b
  1. Emily Spry, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

The dangers of procreation: The developed world has almost forgotten that having kids can be a dangerous business. But, in the developing world, a lack of antenatal care contributes to up to one woman in 10 dying from pregnancy related causes in her lifetime. A statement from the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Gynaecologists, and the International Confederation of Midwives calls for more skilled birth attendants to be trained. “Life threatening complications occur in 15% of all births,” says Joy Phumaphi, assistant director-general of family and community health at WHO. “For a mother and her newborn, a skilled birth …

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