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However delighted she is personally, and however pleased her husband and
mother are, the social context of childbearing has become negative and rejecting.
One result is that some educated women are becoming shamefaced and ...
Their health is better on the whole and they live in better social conditions. But
fertility has, in fact, declined. Women are able to, but they do not. The
childbearing period has become a much shorter part of each woman's life and
fewer children ...
... there is a high fetal wastage through miscarriage (one in eight pregnancies in
one African village, for example).1 Some girls who suffer from anaemia, protein
malnutrition, or endemic diseases such as malaria, never attain childbearing age,
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