Effects of Obstetric Fistula

In America, from birth every child is given an equal chance of survival. Our hospitals are equipped with the latest in medical technology and medical doctors that are educated to handle most any type of situation. It is hard to even conceive the notion that millions of women are not given the opportunity to give birth in hospitals. Often times these women end up with a condition known as obstetric fistula. ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

Obstetric Fistula: Love, Labor, Loss

As I wandered through my blog feeds this morning, looking for an inspiring health topic and considering seriously a discussion of foot injuries (thanks to Three Kid Circus, I, asshole and the lingonberry juice on my foot that I briefly thought was blood), I noticed Agatha talking about Obstetric Fistula. ...more

Obstetric Fistula: Love, life & loss

I wish I could link to this film properly, so you could play it here on this blog, but copyright issues won't allow me to. How annoying! The frequent occurrence of obstetric fistula in some African countries symbolizes the lack of prioritisations of women’s rights to health and safe motherhood. This is a brilliant film about the social stigma women face when they have an obstetric fistula. Lisa Russell, the films creator, describes the film as: ...more

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