FAIZABAD, AFGHANISTAN -JUNE 2 : Nurse Parwin checks the heartbeat of the fetus on Bibi Gul as mother Arub Gul stands by in the Badakshan Provincial hospital birthing room June 2, 2011, in Faizabad, ... more 
FAIZABAD, AFGHANISTAN -JUNE 2 : Nurse Parwin checks the heartbeat of the fetus on Bibi Gul as mother Arub Gul stands by in the Badakshan Provincial hospital birthing room June 2, 2011, in Faizabad, Badakshan. Bibi Gul is in her 7th pregnancy having lost 5 children, and she has one boy who is 6 years old. She eventually delivered a baby boy after an emergency cesarean operation. Crises put pregnant women at greater risk due to sudden loss of medical support, trauma, malnutrition, disease and exposure to violence. According to UNICEF, 52 babies out of every 1,000 die within two weeks of birth and 134 die before their first birthday. While 1 in 8 women in Afghanistan die during pregnancy or childbirth, making it the worst place in the world to be a mother. Many mothers are having children too young. Along with diet, and extreme poverty they face huge challenges having a healthy pregnancy. Afghan women also deal with vitamin D deficiency from staying indoors and being covered up. In the rural parts of the country, in remote areas Afghan women deliver with no skilled help because women cannot leave home without a male and there aren't enough midwives to help every mother in need given Afghanistan's poor infrastructure. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images) less 
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