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Mothers around the world
The World Health Organization is following six women around the world to compare their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. Here, they describe their experiences of having their babies.


Damiana Mamani:
Bolivia

Samah Mohamed :
Egypt

Hiwot:
Ethiopia
Renu Sharma:
India

Bounlid:
Laos

Claire Roche:
UK

The WHO is campaigning to reduce the numbers of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth.

It says that, currently, at least one woman is believed to die every minute in developing countries.

Joy Phumaphi, WHO Assistant Director-General on Family and Community Health told a meeting of health experts in Nairobi: "Pregnancy is a normal, life-affirming state. Women should not die giving birth.

"Their deaths are preventable, even in the poorest countries. But it takes local knowledge, strength and partnership to ensure women's lives are saved."


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