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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 died on Thursday evening, according to a
statement from the hospital.
The hospital and Yan Zhuangzhuang Sergio Ramos
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rejecting Ma's repeated pleas for a C-section instead of a natural birth after
she was moved to a delivery room on Thursday.
Before Ma was admitted, she and her husband had insisted on a natural birth,
the hospital said.
Li Ruiqin, Ma's doctor, was suspended after the woman's death and is
cooperating with the police in their investigation Sergio
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quoted as saying by ThePaper on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the incident became one of the hottest topics on Sina Weibo,
with more than 56 million views.
A netizen who gave birth a month ago said in a comment that she, too, felt
unbearable pain in the delivery room and asked for a pain-free vaginal
delivery－with primary anesthesia delivered via the spinal cord－but was rejected
by her doctor. She had to settle for an injection to stop the pain.
Song Xingrong, director of the anesthesia department at Guangzhou Women and
Children's Medical Center Santi
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most acute pain a Chinese woman will experience in life.
Most births in China are natural－with no pain intervention－or C-sections,
which are generally painless because of techniques such as epidural and spinal
Pain-free vaginal deliveries, which may rely on a combination of spinal and
local anesthesia, account for less than 5 percent of all deliveries in China. In
Guangdong province they account for about 10 percent of deliveries, Song said.
Painless labor－a vaginal delivery aided by an epidural or spinal
painkiller－is safe for both mother and child, he said.
"A major factor that discourages hospitals from providing painless labor is
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"Many people in China have not heard of painless vaginal labor because of
lack of promotion. Only 20 percent of pregnant women who come to our hospital
are aware of it," he said.
In the United States, 85 percent of vaginal births are painfree, Song said.
In Beijing, it's less than 30 percent, he said.
Yue Hongli Paco Alcacer
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said not all pregnant women are good candidates for pain-free labor, including
those with serious lung or heart disease, or who cannot give birth naturally－in
which case a C-section is required.
by Bedah Mengo
NAIROBI, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- As Kenya readies for a fresh round of
presidential polls, election fever is spreading faster across the East African
The fever is being heightened by intensified campaigns and political rhetoric
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The two are reorganizing their troops in readiness for a fierce election
contest on Oct. 17 that spells doom for the political careers of both in case
On Tuesday, Kenyatta received a host of leaders from Odinga's strongholds,
some of whom had defected after losing in Aug. 8 polls.
The leaders promised to campaign for Kenyatta in their regions even as he hit
the trail on Tuesday, selling his candidature to residents on the outskirts of
Kenyatta castigated Odinga for rejecting Oct. 17 as the new date for the
polls as set by the nation's electoral commission.
"Why is he against the new date? That's a person who is not ready to accept
the will of the people. Being respectful does not mean I am a coward," he told a
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Kenyatta from his central Kenya bastion, who lost in the governorship seat.
Odinga on Tuesday campaigned in Kisii and Nyamira, western Kenya,
capitalizing on Kenyatta's criticism and threats against Chief Justice David
"The Chief Justice, who comes from this region, is a wise man. He helped us
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votes," said Odinga, as he called on Kenyatta to stop attacking the top court.
The heightened political rhetoric, with Odinga and Kenyatta failing to agree
on nearly every important issue, is psyching up their supporters.
The official campaign period as set by the electoral commission started
Wednesday, but the two leaders and their supporters have been selling their
agenda to the voters soon after the election was annulled last Friday.
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residents in residential areas and in the central business district congregate
in groups to talk about the upcoming polls.
Along Moi Avenue Street at Ambassador terminus on Wednesday morning, three
groups of about 15 people each hurdled together separately listening to what
appeared to be their leaders.
From afar, one would have thought the groups were discussing how to raise
funds for a particular course but politics was at the center of their debates.
"This time round Raila must ensure he has agents in all polling stations to
guard his votes. It is clear that his opponents seized the opportunity of
missing agents to doctor results in Aug. 8 polls. Raila must do it, he may never
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