Stories: Pregnancy

  • A Night In São Paulo’s Crackland

    Priscila Carolino was nearly due with her fifth child when she sauntered into the public hospital for her weekly checkup. Fidgety and talkative, she quickly made her presence known in the waiting room, asking to touch other patients' pregnant bellies and inquiring about their love lives. After her visit, unhappy with her doctor's recommendations, Carolino yelled across the room,...

  • Mozambique Loosens Anti-Abortion Laws

    To abort an unwanted pregnancy, some women drink bleach or home-brewed mixtures made with livestock manure. Others insert a twig or chicken bone into their uterus or rub their vagina with herbal elixirs to induce early childbirth. Or they jump from a high place. When abortions are illegal, they are often carried out in the back rooms of doctors,...

  • Illegale Abtreibungen in Afrika: Das Sterben im Hinterzimmer

    Manche Frauen schlucken Bleichmittel oder selbstgebraute Getränke. Andere führen spitze Gegenstände wie Ästchen oder Hühnerknochen in die Gebärmutter ein; sie behandeln die Vagina mit Kräutermitteln, um eine Geburt zu provozieren oder springen von Treppen oder Dächern, um das ungeborene Kind durch eine Verletzung des...

  • The Long Walk to Deliver

    On one of my last days in Ethiopia as a fellow with the International Reporting Project we visited Project Mercy, a not-for-profit relief and development agency that provides services to help alleviate human suffering and overcome systemic poverty in Southern Ethiopia. The visit ended up being one of the most enlightening moments of our entire trip. ...

  • Ethiopia’s Game-Changing Abortion Law

    After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. Stopping short of legalizing abortion, the new law decriminalized the act. It also...

  • Farming While Pregnant in Tanzania

    Across Tanzania's multicultural landscape of an estimated 47 million people and more than one hundred ethnic groups, women, wives in particular, play major roles in sustaining family livelihoods. With more than 75 percent of the population living in rural areas, farming comprises up to 75 percent of Tanzania's workforce and farming while heavily pregnant has lead to considerable cause for alarm...

  • Indian Baby Showers Add Iron-Rich Nutritional Gift

    Indian women gather for godh bharai, a baby shower. Photo: Leon Kaye / International Reporting Project Three young women here hold court in the middle of the room, bedecked in their finest jewelry: necklaces, earrings, bangles. They haven't been this dressed up since their weddings. Lavish gold and red saris drape over them, nearly concealing their swollen bellies. ...

  • Eating Sunshine

    There’s a song in the movie Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola whose lyrics I found fascinating—“Oye boy, oye boy Charlie,” it goes, “meri vitamin ki goli”. Who is Charlie? I thought. And almost immediately, what an unusual and delightful analogy! You know — the lover as a vitamin pill? Is this evidence...

  • Commercial Surrogacy: Choice and Health

    Being pregnant comes with its advantages. One of these is that a healthy amount of pampering is expected and endured. Pregnant women can put their feet up more than usual, or at least that’s how it should be, how we want it to be. Because for most of us, this is supposed to be (at least ideally, at...