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In My View
Najma put her life at risk in the hope of giving birth to a boy after her husband threatened to divorce her.
A look at some women who all nearly lost their lives in childbirth or pregnancy.
Aliaza's daughter died giving birth. He does not have the money to pay for her funeral and is now looking after her son.
Pregnant women in Sierra Leone discuss their hopes for their unborn children.
Only one of Junior's children has survived and his wife recently died in childbirth.
Villayat had to fight hard to get medical treatment after she fled from the Swat Valley, heavily pregnant and bleeding.
His wife died on the way to hospital after he had spent three-and-a-half hours looking for a vehicle to take her there.
Hadiza, a traditional birth attendant in Nigeria, has never had any training for her role.
The 80-year-old village midwife is illiterate, deaf and blind in one eye, but has delivered about 100 babies.
A midwife and a 'doula' describe their roles during pregnancy and the difficulties of homebirths in Hungary.
Promila's son Raja is two months old. He is her third child. Her first two died and Raja has been ill for a month.
Elena Sagmayao wishes there could be funds available for poor families to receive emergency medical care.
In Depth
Despite improvements in health services, cultural barriers mean many Hmong women receive little maternal care.
The US birther phenomenon exposes the broader issue of birthright nationalism and the inequality it perpetuates.
In the age of modern medicine, why do so many....
A pioneering midwife takes on Hungary's....
Save the Children's call to mobilise global....
Sally was just 10 when she married and 12 when....
What will it take to make motherhood safer for....
101 East investigates why family planning remains....
The country has some of the worst maternal death....
A high rate of unwanted pregnancies has led many....
The lives of young girls are put at risk when....
Expectant mothers are worried over inadequate....
Mother tells Al Jazeera how her foetus was....
Protesters take to the streets after pregnant....
About 1,000 women die annually at illegal clinics....
Many women give birth in the care of unqualified....
Thailand clinic offers required care for infant....
Banned from paying someone to carry a child at....
About Birthrights
Maternal health is about more than just mothers and babies. Across the globe the very business of delivering life into the world is determined by power, politics and, all too frequently, poverty. From rural Vietnam to urban America, Al Jazeera's Birthrights series examines the challenges surrounding childbirth.
Birthrights interactive

Discussion


The world's greatest health inequality

Join our discussion and tell us what the greatest concern surrounding childbirth is in your country.

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