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01 Apr 2011 description
report Save the Children

Almost 48 million women - one in three - give birth around the world every year without expert help, and of them two million deliver their babies completely alone - often with devastating consequences, according to Save the Children's new research published to coincide with Mother's Day on April 3.

The Missing Midwives report reveals that pregnant women frequently give birth at home without a midwife with only a dirty blade to cut the umbilical cord and herbs from a traditional healer to try and combat infection.

In some countries, cultural reasons mean that husbands …