Belly Woman

Belly Woman

Birth, Blood & Ebola: The Untold Story

Benjamin Oren Black

Belly Woman is a testimony to one of the greatest health emergencies of modern times. It raises questions on the lessons not learnt and opportunities not taken for the Covid-19 era and exposes the global inequality of birth.
Publication date:
October 2022
Publisher :
Neem Tree Press
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911107576 

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£10.99

Overview
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• Thought-provoking testimony based on one of the greatest health emergencies of modern times
• Provides a greater understanding of maternal health during a humanitarian crisis as well as the effect of an epidemic (and other emergencies) on sexual and reproductive health
• Author currently works as a humanitarian and NHS doctor and has first-hand experience of maternal health in humanitarian emergencies. He has also worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
• Raises awareness of the disparity in maternal health care between high- and low-income countries
• This book raises questions on the lessons not learnt and opportunities not taken for the Covid-19 era and exposes the global inequality of birth
• Deals with topical issues like maternal health, Ebola and humanitarian emergencies, to women's health, inequality and the Covid-19 pandemic

May, 2014. Sierra Leone is ranked the country with the highest death rate of pregnant women in the world. The same month Ebola crosses in from neighbouring Guinea. Arriving a few weeks later, Dr Benjamin Black unexpectedly finds himself at the centre of the largest ever Ebola outbreak.

From the impossible decisions of the maternity ward to the moral dilemmas of the Ebola Treatment Centres. One mistake, one error of judgment, could spell disaster. Every day the maternity ward receives women in critical conditions, often indistinguishable from deadly Ebola infections. As the epidemic encircles the hospital the stakes reach breaking point. What is safe? What is deadly? The team close the maternity ward, a devastating blow to women and health workers.

In the months that follow Benjamin's journey collides with the epidemic's pivotal events. He recalls being present as the disease takes grip, spreading exponentially, colleagues get infected and the international response splutters into action. Returning after the epidemic, Benjamin reckons with the demons of the past, trying to help build a different, more resilient, future