childbirth complications

DRC: Cas Rouge! Red Case!

Lanice is a family doctor from Canada. She is currently on her fourth assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), working at a maternity project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In this blog, she shares how her team raced to save a newborn during a dramatic delivery.

Once more into the breech dear friends - An emergency delivery in Nigeria

Pippa is an obstetrics and gynaecology consultant from the UK. She is currently on assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Jahun, northern Nigeria – returning after a break of five years. In this, her second blog, Pippa shares her experience of settling back in, as well as an emergency operation to save a mother's life.


Alexander is an emergency room doctor from Sweden. He sends us his third blog post from a new assignment in the Central African Republic, a country which has faced many years of violence and instability...

Women give birth in impossible circumstances

In Lankien, we tell women to come to MSF for medical care for delivery. It is especially important if they have had many babies previously, if they are pregnant with twins or if they’ve had complications before, such as heavy bleeding.

And women also prefer to come to MSF for their deliveries; not only do they receive medication, but also a mosquito net and baby blanket. However, many live far away from the hospital and there is no transport. Their only option is “footing” - as they call walking here, and it can be a very difficult, perilous journey.