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For some women, a different kind of pain during birth
Behind the Scenes of "A Living Hell: Kenyan Women Report Physical Assault During Childbirth"
Women across the world, especially in minority communities and developing nations, are at a heightened risk of experiencing life-threatening complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from the highest maternal mortality ratio – 533 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, or 200,000 maternal deaths – a year, according to UNICEF.
As a mother, this is a story that left me teary-eyed. This is definitely not the first time I am working on a story about maternal health but Gateti’s story is tragically sad and depressing, to say the least. Losing your child once is hard enough. I cannot imagine the pain of having to endure this loss multiple times. As I edited the story, I held myself back from breaking down.
I am aware this is a familiar story for most women across the continent in some hospitals, not just in Kenya but also in Nigeria where instead of receiving support during labour they get beatings. Women have also had to complain of the same treatment meted out to them by healthcare providers and caregivers.
Gateti’s story is one that is underreported and never makes it to mainstream media but, with your support, we can tell more of these stories as it affects women across the world.
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