Read about first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers and patients.

July 27, 2015

Maman Agathe’s job is to make sure the 70-odd mothers-to-be staying at the Village d’Accueil are happy, healthy and at ease in the days before the big event.

July 23, 2015

In the maternity ward of Dolo Ado health center, Ethiopia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) midwife Aisha Akello has an emotional discussion with a woman sitting on the hospital bed. Unlike the rest of the women in the modest ward, lying next to their newborn babies in their respective beds, Rabiya Osman, 23, is all by herself. She looks weary and pale. She seems a bit inattentive to what the midwife is saying—lost in deep thoughts of her own. Shyly, she looks into the midwife’s eyes and nods her head. Two days ago, Rabiya went into labor at home.

April 23, 2015

An interview with Maura Daly, an MSF midwife just back from Khamer, a town in northern Yemen’s Amran Governorate.

March 19, 2015

Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) OBGYN Jeltje Danhof reflects on her time providing maternal health care and working to educate the public at Chaman local hospital in Pakistan.

June 23, 2014

MSF medical coordinator discusses MSF's work in Balochistan Province, where MSF provides care to mothers and babies at four projects.

March 07, 2014

Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day. On that day, and every other day, thousands of women worldwide will leave their homes to flee war or persecution. The fact that they are women makes their ordeal even more harrowing.

November 29, 2013

An MSF midwife remembers a baby's early fight to survive after being born premature in Syria, where war has devastated the health system.

November 29, 2013

Adam Sharp, MSF project coordinator in Syria, recalls how even amidst surgery, maternity care, and disease care, communication remains an extremely important part of working in the war-torn country.

September 24, 2013

A recently returned MSF midwife discusses the process of providing maternal and obstetric care in war-ravaged Syria, along with some of the more memorable women she met while in the country.

April 18, 2013

Belgian midwife Cathy Janssens, who recently returned from a MSF assignment in Syria, reflects on the highs and lows of her experience.

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