AFG: Surviving Childbirth In Kabul : News Photo
AFG: Surviving Childbirth In Kabul : News Photo

AFG: Surviving Childbirth In Kabul

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 14: An Afghan mother grimaces as a nurse checks her after a difficult delivery outside the operation room at the Malalai Maternity hospital October 14, 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a UNICEF survey, one in nine Afghan women die during or shortly after pregnancy in Afghanistan, this remains is one of the highest rates in the world for maternal mortality. At Malalai Maternity hospital there is an average of 60-100 babies are born each day. Many women are coming from far away provinces to get the free medical care but when there are complications with the pregancy it can be difficult for the woman who has to get permission from her husband to travel. In many cases, Afghan conservative cultural sensibilities put the health of the Afghan mother at risk. UNICEF states that many pregnant women are deprived of basic health care and only 11 percent of deliveries take place in a health care facility. Forty percent of the women in Afghanistan are married before the age of 18, one third of the females have children before reaching adulthood. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


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Credit:Paula Bronstein / Staff
Editorial #:77333243
Collection:Getty Images News
Date created:October 14, 2007
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