maternal deaths

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?


Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients


Old birth rites, new ways

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.


Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal?


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.