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‘Headaches, organ damage and even death’: how salty water is putting Bangladesh’s pregnant women at risk

As rising sea levels and extreme weather contaminate drinking water sources, doctors are seeing alarming numbers of women with serious health problems including pre-eclampsiaPhotographs by Farzana HossenIn the small, crowded ward of the Upazila Health …

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‘The Taliban killed a midwife who refused to leave a woman in labour’

Zahra Mirzaei pioneered ‘groundbreaking’ maternity services in Kabul, but has been forced to flee. She says she won’t stop fighting for dignified care for Afghanistan’s women and girlsWhen Afghanistan’s first midwife-led birth centre opened in the impo…

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Kareena Kapoor Khan on breaking pregnancy taboos: ‘No one wants to talk about belching and swollen feet!’

One of Bollywood’s most bankable actors has written a revolutionary pregnancy book that lifts the lid on libido, caesareans and more. She discusses power, pay and the reality behind the glamourDays after giving birth to her first child – an emergency c…

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No elevated risk of coronavirus in pregnancy, experts say

No evidence virus passes to foetus during pregnancy, according to latest researchCoronavirus – latest updatesPregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to severe Covid-19 symptoms and there is no evidence that the virus can pass to a baby duri…

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