On the occasion of Father’s Day, we give you the tale of a bold mother, who recently shared her experience of a difficult childbirth.
We often come across inspiring stories of common people but it takes strength for a public figure to talk about personal issues like childbirth openly. One such bold woman is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. She has never shied away from talking about important issues and taking a stand for things that matter.
So, when she talked about giving birth to her daughter Shiloh in Africa, it didn’t come out as a big surprise. Instead, she gained, even more, respect for stating the harsh realities that women all around the world face
On Friday, Angelina Jolie shared with BBC Radio 4′s Women’s Hour that she knows from experience that childbirth is not always a joyful experience.
“I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech,” the 41-year-old mom-of-six said of giving birth to daughter Shiloh in 2006.
For the record, breech is when a child is born bottom first instead of usual headfirst birth!
“I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound. But I found even the local hospital with many, many people, many women — and this was a good hospital — did not have an ultrasound machine.”
More than 800 women around the world die of complications from childbirth every day.
Ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20, Jolie, who joined Radio 4 as a guest editor, took it upon herself to talk about health in refugee camps. She then went on to shared the harsh reality of life as a pregnant woman without resources.
“So the amount of women that didn’t know they were in breech, the amount of babies and complications when they got into labor, with one simple machine. But I know there are many extraordinary people who are working on this and women’s health around the world, and many groups dedicated solely to that, and their work is so needed and these solutions can come.”
Hats off to Angelina Jolie! She is one of a kind and we just love her for all the humanitarian work that she does to make the world a better place. #Respect