One of the most important things a midwife can do in her practice is careful, frequent handwashing. This helps to prevent fatal conditions such as puerperal fever. Whilst modern medications can used used to successfully treat puerperal fever, it still is a significant cause of maternal death, both in industrialized and developing countries.
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