The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

Week 2: Giving birth

Introduction

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This week you’ll begin to look at childbirth as a lived, human experience.

In the first part of the week, you will look further into birth as a lottery, looking at how, if you were born today, in any society around the globe this is almost certainly a better time to be born than in the past.

However, it is still very much the case that when and where you are born remains crucial to your chances, as there still exist huge disparities in choices for parents, chances of health, wealth and well-being and challenges to whether children will survive and thrive.

This week you will use visual art to think about the experience of giving birth in the past. You will then move on to look at maternal and child mortality today and at how where you give birth profoundly affects survival and life chances.

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