Voices rise for painless childbirth
The suicide of a pregnant woman after her plea for a cesarean section was rejected has sparked a public outcry across China, with people calling for the promotion of pain-free delivery options. Ma Rongrong, 26, who was a week from her due date, jumped from the fifth floor of an inpatient building at First Hospital of Yulin in Shaanxi province because she was in unbearable pain and she died on Aug 31, according to a statement from the hospital. The hospital and Yan Zhuangzhuang, Ma’s husband, are now blaming each other for rejecting Ma’s repeated pleas for a C-section instead of a natural birth after she was moved to a delivery room. Before Ma was admitted, she and her husband had insisted on a natural birth, the hospital says. Li Ruiqin, Ma’s doctor, was suspended after the woman’s death and is cooperating with police in their investigation.