Two midwives have been jailed after they left a woman to die while she was in labor, making it the latest in a series of deaths of women in Burkina Faso maternity wards.
A prosecutor in Burkina Faso said the two are accused of leaving the women while they went to watch television. The woman, Sita Traore, ended up dying along with the babies.
The incident occurred on August 31st and prompted angry protests in which demonstrators torched a maternity ward. The husband said they were expecting twins. However, they all died at the clinic in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, he said.
This was just the latest in a series of deaths of women in Burkina Faso maternity wards. The death prompted a rare promise from the government of the West African nation that it would take action. Deputy public prosecutor Roger Zoungrana said Wednesday that the two midwives were jailed Tuesday and would soon face trial.
According to Traore’s husband, the two midwives locked his, in labor, wife into a room alone. She and the babies died when she fell from her bed.
Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period. They also care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding.
In addition to providing care to women during pregnancy and birth, many midwives provide primary care to women, well-woman care related to reproductive health, annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal care. Midwives who give the option for a natural birth are offered lower maternity care cost, reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other interventions.