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Living Proof – Birth in Nepal

LocationNepal
ClientBill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Birth in Rural Nepal: The Most Dangerous Day

Three days past due with her second child, nineteen-year-old Maheshwori continues to work gathering wood, cutting grass, and herding goats. She scratches out a living in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. Her husband, who lives and works in neighboring India, comes home once a year.

The birth of Maheshwori’s first daughter two years prior nearly killed her. Manisha was breech and took three days to deliver in the family cowshed. Women in Nepal, considered unclean while menstruating or giving birth, are often expected to give birth in the cowshed.

Nepal has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Each year, more than 6,000 women die during childbirth. Most of them give birth at home, without the help of a skilled or even a trained attendant. Maheshwori is fortunate to deliver her second child in the local health clinic with the help of a birth attendant.

Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Living Proof – Birth in Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Living Proof – Birth in Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
Birth in Rural Nepal
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