Online platforms like “Kinderheldin“ and the multilingual website “call a midwife“ allow pregnant women and young mothers to get expert advice from midwives.
In many industrialized countries, the cesarean rate has risen over the last 20 years and the WHO has recommended reducing it. Doctors and midwives are in demand, but also expectant mothers.
Germany's confidential birth law was passed three years ago. More than 300 women have made use of it and have given birth almost, if not fully, anonymously. But experts say the measure doesn't help all women in need.
Each year, 1 million newborns die on their first day of life. 1.3 million are stillborn. Midwives goodwill ambassador Toyin Saraki says the situation could be salvaged if all women gave birth with the help of a midwife.
Women seeking an abortion in Turkey face considerable danger and many hurdles. While the procedure is legal, experts say in reality there is a de facto ban, believed to be orchestrated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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