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The crisis in America’s maternity wards
The Washington Post

Charles Johnson IV took out his cellphone, as he had done many times before, and recorded his wife lying in a hospital bed while she held her newborn. Kira Johnson had just given birth to Langston, the Johnsons’ second child, and she was glowing.

Johnson, then 36, wanted to record every moment. He had also filmed the birth of their firstborn, when they went on their vacations together, in concerts they had attended — this was his way of preserving his family’s happy moments.

But that 2016 video, which he keeps on his cellphone, was the last one he made while Kira was alive. She died hours later of internal bleeding caused by a lacerated bladder that happened when doctors performed her C-section, Johnson said.