Women Giving Birth in Streets of Mexico Sparks Outrage among Activists

MexicoWomen's rights advocates are now seeking international help to end a trend in Mexico where indigenous women are not allowed to give births in hospitals, forcing them to give births on lawns, patios or parking lots without any assistance while in labor.

At least 20 recent cases of women giving birth outside hospitals have been documented by activists working in villages in southern Mexico. And the reason cited for that was no room available for them. Anger is now palpable among people in Mexico and around the world for such irresponsible behavior of hospital staffs, which could severely risk the lives of mothers and their babies.

Mexican people have stood in outrage to end the life threatening trend, especially after photos and video of some incidents have been posted on social media sites.

Mexican health officials have defended themselves by saying that cases are isolated and unavoidable because of overcrowding and limited resources available at some rural health centers.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was called upon by women's advocates on Thursday, citing systemic problem of prejudice and callousness toward indigenous women in the Mexican public health system.

"These are not isolated cases. We have a pattern. We are not talking about one woman. There are many and nothing is being done to solve the problem", said Regina Tames, Director of the Reproductive Choice Information Group, a non-governmental organization based in Mexico City.

There is no denying the fact that most of the births occur without problems in Mexico's health system, but still there are hundreds of women who die unnecessarily every year during or immediately after giving birth, said Pablo Kuri Morales, deputy health secretary for preventive care. The situation accounts for a maternal death rate that is three times more than in the US. This is something for the government of Mexico to look seriously into, he added.