Women in PNG Under Intense Pressure to Have Babies

Bree Turner News, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest maternal death rate in the Pacific. More than 2,000 women die in childbirth every year.

This is one of the many harrowing issues that we at Marie Stopes International are working to address.

PNG correspondent Natalie Whiting highlighted the intense pressure women face, when trying to manage their reproductive health, in her article for the ABC:

Most of PNG has a strong patriarchal culture. Women often have to get permission from their husbands to go on contraception.

Andy Henry, a Marie Stopes worker, said one woman got an IUD after her 14th child. She opted for the device that is implanted in the uterus so that her husband would not know.

Despite dealing with the difficult tarrain of Papua New Guinea, approximately 110,000 women, girls and men were using a contraceptive method supplied by Marie Stopes PNG in 2018. Preventing an estimated 70 Maternal deaths, 51,000 unintended pregnancies and 5600 unsafe abortions. 

You can support our efforts in PNG, and help ensure that women are able to have children by choice, not chance, by donating here