Photo Gallery: Turning to Midwives to Reduce Maternal Mortality
Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
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Photo Gallery: Turning to Midwives to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Giving Birth in India 'The Women Here Are Afraid'

Every year, 32,000 women in India die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. To reduce that number, the government plans to begin training midwives. A visit to a maternity ward in Hyderabad shows the difference they can make.
Rekha Marandi (center) and her colleagues are among the very few trained midwives in India. The government is planning on changing that.

Rekha Marandi (center) and her colleagues are among the very few trained midwives in India. The government is planning on changing that.

Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
A mother with her newborn in Hyderabad

A mother with her newborn in Hyderabad

Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
Family members are not allowed into the maternity ward at the state hospital in Hyderabad. Many sleep on the steps outside.

Family members are not allowed into the maternity ward at the state hospital in Hyderabad. Many sleep on the steps outside.

Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
Photo Gallery: Turning to Midwives to Reduce Maternal Mortality
Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
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Photo Gallery: Turning to Midwives to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Patients waiting at the Fernandez Hospital in Hyderabad.

Patients waiting at the Fernandez Hospital in Hyderabad.

Foto: Saumya Khandelwal
Ravali and Phani Garimella are planning on having their second child in the Sanctum birth center as well.

Ravali and Phani Garimella are planning on having their second child in the Sanctum birth center as well.

Foto: Saumya Khandelwal

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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