Speaking from personal experience, being a new mom is tough. Your body has gone through so much and yet you have this little baby relying on you for comfort and nourishment at all hours of the day and night. Some women, including myself, are left with permanent damage to their bodies following childbirth, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
I was fortunate enough to have access to a surgery that provided me relief. Many women, especially in low-income countries, aren’t so lucky. When a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labor but doesn’t have access to emergency medical care, such as a C-section, an obstetric fistula can occur. Today, at least one million women in Africa and Asia needlessly suffer from untreated obstetric fistula.