Safe Motherhood Week believes that women everywhere should have access to the highest quality maternal care, before, during, and after pregnancy.
The reality is that what happens during pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood varies dramatically – from Manhattan to Malawi, so many women are not guaranteed a safe and positive experience.
These photos from UNICEF show how these motherhood experiences vary across the globe. They illustrate how mothers face adversity when bringing new life into this world, and their unfailing love for their infants despite the worst of circumstances.
Remember – motherhood is our power to shape the future. We all have the responsibility to make it safe.