Obstetric Fistula In Africa

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"Poverty is the biggest factor. Access to a Caesarean section to relieve the pressure of obstructed labor is the most common way of preventing an unborn child from pressing so tightly in the birth canal that it cuts off blood flow to surrounding tissue," ... Side effects often include inability to control the bladder or bowel movements, and those women "are often abandoned or neglected by husbands and family ..." ...

Often in the places where obstetric fistula is most common, the capacity for treatment can't meet the needs of all women who require it ...

"... the existence of fistulas means the health system has failed somewhere..."...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448