'We no longer die in childbirth': how Indian villages saved their mothers

'We no longer die in childbirth': how Indian villages saved their mothers

A little feminism goes a long way in parts of rural India where the number of women who die in labour has been cut by 90 percent

The message is written on a poster, hung between trees that offer shade but little relief from the blazing sun. It spells out what has been achieved in this rural Indian village: “We no longer die in childbirth.”

For the women of Purabgaon, in the Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh, expectations had always been clear. Get married young, then have back-to-back pregnancies. Those babies would be delivered in unsanitary conditions at home by a dai, a village midwife with no training and many superstitions.

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