When Teresa’s husband first saw her, he knew he was going to marry her. While marriage may have been part of the plan from the first moment, pregnancy wasn’t
But it was unavoidable.
Teresa and her husband endured nine unintended pregnancies due to poor access to reproductive health care in their home of urban Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, access to any education — especially reproductive education — is strained
Teresa did the only thing she knew how to do — tried to terminate three pregnancies with herbs, a traditional method. But the method had dangerous effects. Not only was it largely ineffective, but Teresa became very sick. Read more…