She’s Dying to Give Birth

watercolor 30″ X 22″

As in many tragedies, the personal becomes political  when the lens is refocused on the bigger picture. Due to their location on the planet some expectant mothers are at a much greater risk  for themselves  and their child. If complications occur, there will be no medical intervention available. Laboring with no progress  to natural birth where medical facilities are not accessible or there is not a doctor to perform a surgical delivery results in mother and/or infant death.  A child bride is at extra risk as the physical maturity of her pelvis  may not allow passage of the baby.  Cultural practices and lack of vision  and commitment to improved healthcare contribute to this situation.