What happens to pregnant women when a humanitarian catastrophe strikes?
Belly Woman shines a light on a story often left untold.
May, 2014. Sierra Leone is ranked the country with the highest death rate of pregnant women in the world. The same month, Ebola crosses in from neighbouring Guinea. Arriving a few weeks later, Dr Benjamin Black finds himself at the centre of an exponential Ebola outbreak. From impossible decisions on the maternity ward to moral dilemmas at the Ebola Treatment Centres. One mistake, one error of judgment, could spell disaster.
An eye-opening work of reportage and advocacy, Belly Woman chronicles the inside journey through an unfolding global health crisis and the struggle to save the lives of young mothers. As Black reckons with the demons of the past, he must try to learn the lessons for a different, more resilient, future.
Reviews of Belly Woman
The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Book Review of Belly Woman
“Every aspect of sexual and reproductive health is impacted”: The hidden toll of Ebola.
Belly Woman author interview in GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance (online)