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A heavily pregnant woman waits to be checked by a midwife at the Sehulea medical centre on Normanby Island. Many women die in childbirth because of lack of access to basic health services, with many medical outposts and clinics in remote communities closed due to lack of staff, equipment or medications. Also because of women's low status in Papua New Guinea, many are not supported by their husbands when their babies come and they require urgent care.