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Haiti’s Precarious State of Health Care for Pregnant Women

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A woman endures her labor at Doctors Without Borders’ Referral Center for Obstetric Emergencies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 21, 2015. According to Doctors Without Borders, funding cuts by international donors and limited Haitian government spending on healthcare have forced some hospitals to turn women away who are not at the greatest risk for birth complications.

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Cherline Pierre, 24, endures labor at Doctors Without Borders’ Referral Center for Obstetric Emergencies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 16, 2015. Many poor women give birth at home and the majority of local government hospitals are not equipped to handle life-threatening conditions. According to UNICEF, Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere.

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