The combined photography of photojournalists Anne Bailey and Shane McMillan, documenting subjects across seven countries, is part of “UNBOUND,” a photo exhibit opening this week in Portland, Maine, at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Sonia Narang recently returned from reporting on reproductive rights in the Philippines for Across Women's Lives. She visited Manila's Fabella Hospital and shows us through her photography what it's like for Filipino women to endure one of the world's most crowded maternity wards.
In Chinese tradition, women who give birth are supposed to spend a month indoors with their new babies. It's not easy to follow that tradition here in the US, but one second-generation Chinese American woman in New York City did savor one part of the tradition — special foods made by her mother-in-law.
Many women in Brazil want to deliver their babies by Cesarean section — for them, it is convenient, modern and clean. But others say they are forced into delivering their babies through surgery, in a country with one of the highest c-section rates in the world.
Hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from a complication that leaves them incontinent and often shamed after childbirth. But there's help for women to heal both physically and emotionally — and it's working for one mother in Malawi.
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