The Risks of Maternity

Every year, over half a million women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, 99% of them in the developing world. That is the equivalent of one woman dying every minute of every day. Maternal deaths leave one million orphan children behind, and these children are 10 times more likely to die, especially within two years of their mothers' death. For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each year. When women die or fall ill, the impact on their children, their families and their communities is immeasurable. More >>

Motherhood Alone

Beyond pregnancy and delivery, raising children in poverty can be an insurmountable challenge, and this is especially the case for those women facing the experience alone. Some women may have lost their partners and may become sole bread winners; others may have become pregnant out of wedlock and be shunned by their families and communities. Some may be far from there homes, seeking refuge or asylum from conflict or persecution. Some, desperate, may revert to dangerous back-street abortions or feel no choice but to abandon their newborn babies. We support disadvantaged women experiencing pregnancy, delivery and the early years of their children alone. More >>