In this May 24, 2012 photo, pregnant, married teenager Aissato Sanha braces herself on a hospital bed as she experiences a contraction, in the maternity ward of the regional hospital in Gabu, ... more 
In this May 24, 2012 photo, pregnant, married teenager Aissato Sanha braces herself on a hospital bed as she experiences a contraction, in the maternity ward of the regional hospital in Gabu, Guinea-Bissau. Aissato, who gave her age as 18, but medical staff believe to be as young as 15, waited out the final weeks of her first pregnancy under medical supervision at the House of Mothers. Outreach workers had identified her as high risk due to her young age, small frame, and hypertension. 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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