Florence receives oxytocin to prevent excessive bleeding

Hands reach for a crying newborn in the foreground, while a mother rests on a bed in the background.

Florence Mumuni rests on the delivery bed at a hospital in central Ghana minutes after she successfully delivered a baby girl. A trained midwife at the hospital correctly administered Florence an injection of the medicine oxytocin shortly after she gave birth to prevent excessive bleeding, the leading cause of maternal deaths. Photo: PATH/Evelyn Hockstein.

Published September 20, 2012
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