Voices rise for pain­less child­birth

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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