Maternal Mortality (Half the Sky Chap. 6) #sjbc (Updated with additional video)

This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

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Conversation Questions for Chapter Six:

If you or someone close to you has been pregnant, what were your feelings when you first heard the news? What fears crossed your mind as the pregnancy developed? What hopes did you have for the newborn’s life? How did you celebrate the birth? How does this differ from pregnancies and childbirth in developing countries? How is it similar?

“The equivalent of five jumbo jets’ worth of women die in labor each day.”

Where is the outcry regarding the fact that one woman dies every minute in childbirth? Why is so much energy spent by our government discussing birth control and abortion in developing countries, but we hear nothing regarding maternal mortality? What is the role of the church in addressing this wrong?

Source: The above questions come from the organization Global Women.

Please share with us your responses to the questions above or any thoughts or questions you have about maternal mortality in the comments section below.

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