the waiting home

To prevent women living in rural Peru from giving birth at home, where they face a higher risk of death, Peru has established a network of maternal “waiting houses.” These residential facilities host women during their final weeks of pregnancy so they can give birth in the presence of skilled attendants. Ana MarĂ­a Bolege, 21, has come to a waiting house in the Andean town of Ayacucho, eight hours by road from Peru’s capital, Lima.

This video is part of a series from PRI’s The World, “The Ninth Month: Pregnancy and Childbirth Around the World”.