What should I know about pregnancy and childbirth?
Every pregnant woman needs good health, good food, and the love and support of her family and community. Many women feel very healthy during pregnancy and do not have difficult births. Most babies are born healthy.
At the same time, pregnancy can be one of the main dangers a woman faces in her life. About half a million women die each year from problems of pregnancy and birth (this is also called maternal mortality), mostly in poorer countries.
Most of these deaths could be prevented with basic care. This chapter has information that can help pregnant women care for themselves, or help others care for them.