Mother’s Death in Childbirth Sparks Outcry in Cambodia

Bati Commune, Svay Rieng – Prak Soda and Suon Sakhen, high school sweethearts, married seven years ago. Lifelong residents of Svay Rieng province, one of Cambodia’s poorest, they were expecting an uneventful delivery of their second child earlier this month.

Prak Soda had taken a few days off work at a nearby garment factory to rest up and prepare.

But 27-year-old Prak Soda, a woman who knew how to add fun and laughter to a party, died from severe bleeding shortly after delivering her baby boy with a midwife’s assistance.

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