Sunday, June 15, 2008

'Vertical Birthing' to combat maternal mortality in Peru

Peru promotes "vertical birthing" as a way to combat high rates of maternal mortality in the Andean country. In Peru, at least 185 women die for every 100,000 births. In the US that number stands at about 20.

Edgar Rameriz, UN Population Fund, says: "Andean women are traditionally accustomed to giving birth from the vertical position, whether it's by squatting or from a leaning position, or even through being propped up by their husbands; the health centres have therefore made allowances for all those customs, and so you now see a greater of Andean women taking advantage of our services."
Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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