Stories: Maternal Mortality

  • Philippines Embraces Free Birth Control Despite Opposition From Catholic Church

    A tropical storm rages outside, and Ruzel Delovino gathers her family into their dimly lit one-room home. A light bulb flickers as she cooks a small pot of rice, shared among her four youngest children, her husband and herself. Water drips into the ramshackle apartments stacked one on top of another in Manila’s most populated slum, Tondo. Below,...

  • How Ethiopia Solved Its Abortion Problem

    Zebiba, 28, sits in her purple headscarf in the small clinic room, the cramping already beginning. She took the tablets early this morning. She is three months pregnant. Zebiba waits for her abortion to be completed. By 2 p.m., her abortion should be complete. She will return to her two children, now at school. She is divorcing their father, who...

  • Inside Ethiopia’s Abortion Clinics

    Khadija, 29, was a domestic worker in Bahrain when she was raped in circumstances she preferred not to replay. She became pregnant, and by June it began to show. She knew then she had to go. Desperate, Khadija (who declined to have her real name used) called a friend back home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, who told...

  • Expectations: A Mother-to-Be Heads to Brazil to Report

    “How are you feeling?” is a question I get a lot these days. It’s the first one my doctor asks when I sit down on the examination table. It’s often the first that friends and family ask as soon as we hug hello. And it’s certainly the first that anyone asks –...

  • Saving Mothers at Birth

    While maternal mortality has been halved since 1990, low and middle income countries still have a long way to go in order to see improved maternal mortality numbers. Sub-Saharan Africa still ranks highest in maternal mortality. For example, some of the highest maternal death rates are seen in Chad, with 1 in 15 women dying during childbirth and the Democratic Republic of...