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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Erika Schultz

Juana Esmeralda Castro, 33, third from left, walks from church with other women at Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman. Throughout the country, a network of maternity homes offer rural mothers medical checkups, food, education and a temporary place to stay near a hospital where they can give birth safely. Kitty Madden, a volunteer social worker, says it's important for women in developed countries to turn their attention to parts of the globe where the challenges are greater. "What affects any woman of the world affects all of us," she says.

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