In many ways, childbirth can be different depending on where you are in the world. The setting and cultural traditions vary widely, as do the outcomes. The unacceptable truth is that in many parts of the world, it remains very dangerous to give birth. Most maternal deaths occur in developing countries, and so many are preventable.
But in other ways, childbirth is universal ? the pain and joy, the process and the love.
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