Town Rallies Around Family After Woman Dies in Childbirth
When I saw this story about a small Iowa town rallying to support a father and his three young children after their mother died in childbirth last month, I felt such a pang of sadness for the family and was reminded again how lucky most of us really are.
When I had my daughter this spring, I had a fairly normal and uneventful delivery. The next morning, however, I had a hemorrhage. It happened quickly but I had a great team of doctors and nurses and was out of danger within an hour or so, though facing the prospect of needing a D&C and a blood transfusion. It was terrifying for me and my husband and we both acknowledged that we had a moment of "this is how women die in childbirth" as it was happening that we'd never worried about before.
Obviously, John Weaver's wife wasn't as lucky as I was and all of the other women in the US who regularly have babies without needing to fear for their safety. And my heart breaks for his family and I am glad he has the support of Milo, Iowa as he faces the prospect of raising three kids by himself.
I chose to post about this story both because it spoke to my experience but also to raise awareness of the issues of maternal health around the world. Women everywhere still die due to preventable issues associated with childbirth. Do you think we have enough awareness of this global problem? Did you ever fear for your life as you were having your children?