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She gave birth to her 3rd baby 4 days ago. Two days ago her baby died. She gave birth at home, probably on the floor of her tukul. Perhaps the village midwife attended her, or her mother or sister. Maybe no one was there.

She gave birth to her 3rd baby 4 days ago. Two days ago her baby died. She gave birth at home, probably on the floor of her tukul. Perhaps the village midwife attended her, or her mother or sister. Maybe no one was there. It is almost certain that her attendant had no formal education in midwifery and that there were no clean instruments to cut the cord. It is an absolute certainty that there was nothing available in case of an emergency, no drugs, no intravenous, no cesarean section. She delivered her baby the same way that millions of poor women deliver their babies every second of every minute of every day, completely without the advantages of even the most rudimentary advances in midwifery, medicine and technology.

The mother is anemic and malnourished and her baby was probably small and weak. The baby had the odds of survival stacked against it, even before its birth.

The baby's death will never be recorded in any registry; the cause of its death will never be identified. There will be no Grand Morbidity and Mortality Rounds. Its death will largely go unnoticed by the world.