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Chapter 24: Getting medical help

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Even the most skilled and experienced midwives need help sometimes. For example, severe hemorrhage, eclampsia, or a prolapsed cord cannot be treated at home. These types of health problems can be solved only by using tools and skills available in a medical center or hospital.

This book suggests times you should get medical advice, get medical help, or go to a medical center or hospital. Sometimes you will have to decide for yourself that you need
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help. For example, there are probably procedures explained in this book that you have not been trained to do. You should get help from someone with experience, instead of trying to learn to do these procedures just from reading about them.