In this May 24, 2012 photo, midwife Sabado Sambu, left, checks on Fatumata Djau, 32, while family members comfort her and fan her with a cloth, after Djau began convulsing at the regional hospital in ... more 
In this May 24, 2012 photo, midwife Sabado Sambu, left, checks on Fatumata Djau, 32, while family members comfort her and fan her with a cloth, after Djau began convulsing at the regional hospital in Gabu, Guinea-Bissau. Family members brought Djau to the hospital after discovering that she had given birth alone in her bedroom and was suffering from complications. After initial treatment, the medical staff believed her to be out of danger, but twelve hours after arriving at the hospital Djau began convulsing and died soon after. She left behind four daughters - including her healthy newborn - a distraught family, and an elderly widower. In Guinea-Bissau, one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth, a woman has a 1 in 19 chance of maternal death, compared to about 1 in 2,100 in the United States. Experts say women are increasingly heading to medical centers when things go awry, but logistical, financial, and cultural barriers are still keeping many pregnant women from seeking help in time. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rebecca Blackwell
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