Christy Turlington Burns: Teaching Bangaladeshi Families to Help Mothers
Christy Turlington Burns continues her travels around Bangaladesh, where she's working to prevent maternal death by working with entire families. That's right-- entire families. Because of the culture of this region, women are often dependent on extended families (i.e., her in-laws) to get access to adequate prenatal care. As Christy writes:
The family structure in Bangladesh is somewhat unique in that when a woman marries she leaves her parents' home to live with her in-laws. For example, in the family we visited, the pregnant woman, Mahmuda, was joined by her husband, her one year-old Khadija, her mother in law, sister in law, and the sister of her mother in law. If all of these family members are aware of the danger signs in labor, they can ensure that she gets to a health facility equipped to receive and care for her.
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