Abortion

In the face of new abortion bans, some US states expand access

As more states pass abortion bans, Illinois, New York and others seek to protect a woman's right to have the procedure.

In the face of new abortion bans, some US states expand access

Africa

Surrogates abused in Kenya's woman-to-woman marriages

In a poor community, practice known as nyumba mboke allows same-sex arranged marriage but surrogates are being abused.

In southern Kenya, women marry their surrogates to raise children

Special series

World Health Day: 10 Must-Watch Documentaries

Nigeria's fake doctors, Rachel's HIV revolution, and MS in Egypt - here are our documentary picks for World Health Day.

World Health Day: 10 Must-Watch Documentaries

Colombia

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

As Venezuelans pour across the border, health workers in Colombia's Cucuta say that hospitals are at a breaking point.

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

Kenya

To avoid stillbirths, women in Kenya bribe overworked doctors

Doctors working long hours for low salaries accept bribes from as low as $20 to prioritise patients.

To avoid stillbirths, women in Kenya bribe overworked doctors

Abortion

Under Trump, states step up effort to restrict abortion access

Kentucky joins list of states attempting to push through stricter abortion laws as Supreme Court shifts under Trump.

Under Trump, states step up effort to restrict abortion access

Women's Rights

Contraception use on the rise in 69 poorest countries: report

Since 2012, over 46 million women in the world's lowest income countries got access to contraception, new report says.

Contraception use on the rise in 69 poorest countries: report

Yemen

Miscarriages and malnourishment: The perils of pregnancy in Yemen

Maternal and infant mortality rise as doctor shortages lead to unqualified staff working in ill-equipped hospitals.

Miscarriages and malnourishment: The perils of pregnancy in Yemen

Maternal health

Saving the traditional midwife in Guatemala

For centuries midwives in rural Guatemala have played a key role in delivering babies despite the numerous challenges.

Saving the traditional midwife in Guatemala

Ukraine

'Treated like cattle': The human cost of surrogacy

After India, Nepal and Thailand banned surrogacy, Ukraine soaks up demand. But women on both sides report exploitation.

Ukraine's 'baby factories': The human cost of surrogacy

Tanzania

Tanzanian president advises against contraception

President tells couples it is 'important to reproduce', warning them against bad advice by outsiders.

Tanzania's John Magufuli advises against birth control

Asia

Traditional Rohingya midwives helping pregnant refugees

In Bangladesh, 130 community healthcare workers have been recruited by UNFPA from among the Rohingya.

UNICEF

Three in five babies not breastfed immediately after being born

Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives.

Three in five babies not breastfed immediately after being born

Health

UNICEF: 78 million newborns at risk when breastfeeding is delayed

Babies should be breasfted within an hour of being born, according to UN and WHO recommendations.

UNICEF: 78 million newborns at risk when breastfeeding is delayed

United Kingdom

UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where abortion is illegal unless pregnancy poses a serious health risk.

UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms