Dedicated to Hajra Hakeem, 27, by the Yar Muhammad Samejo Educational Society and Development Organization of Pakistan, from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood’s Stories of Mothers Lost
In Hajra's community in southwest Pakistan, there is a stigma attached to visiting clinics, even when husbands are present and health workers are female. Her husband did not allow her to seek treatment during her pregnancy. When she went into labor, she was left alone in a room to give birth without help. She delivered a baby boy and died shortly thereafter. The baby did not survive.
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