maternal care

A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?


This map lets tell you which districts have the country's highest c-section rates

Laura Grant, Media Hack

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Women forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Kate Hodal

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.


Midwives' care during childbirth drastically improves outcomes for labouring mothers

Joy Wanja Muraya

Competent, compassionate care during labour and delivery is good for the dignity of mothers-to-be – and for their chance of survival.