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China’s Gen X moms turn to IVF in desperate quest for a second baby

Reproductive rights

For decades, China’s one-child policy limited women to one child. In 2016, China introduced the two-child policy and now, older mothers are racing against their biological clocks to have another baby — with high emotional stakes.  

How Iran became a leader in fertility treatment, courtesy of the Ayatollahs

Health & Medicine

Interactive Feature: Global Fertility Map

Health & Medicine

Infographic: The Human Toll of Infertility in Africa

Development & Education

Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa

In a land of kids, infertile couples face stigma, challenges

Health & Medicine

Africa is a land of many large families, but, as in all the world, not everyone is successful in having kids. In some communities in Africa, that can bring shame, and less respect. Some couples are trying fertility treatments, but even with subsidies it’s incredibly expensive.

Behind the Video, ‘Beauty’s Children’

Health & Medicine

The assignment I received from The World seemed simple enough: produce a video about a woman who is unable to have children. My job was to explore the emotional impact of infertility in South Africa, and to show how one individual has coped.

Fertility Treatment for HIV-Positive Women in Africa

Lifestyle & Belief

Across Africa, many HIV-positive women would like to have children, but they face a dilemma: How can they become pregnant without putting their partners at risk? Dr. Okeoma Mmeje, an ob-gyn at the University of Michigan, offers an inexpensive solution.

The World

Family Planning Series Video: Beauty’s Children

Health & Medicine

Beauty Sqalane lives outside Cape Town, South Africa. When she learned she could not get pregnant, she was devastated. Then she found a way to bring children into her life.

Part III: Infertile in a Land of Kids

Health & Medicine

In Africa’s child-centered cultures, women who cannot give birth often endure stigma, scorn, and social isolation. A rare clinic in South Africa offers high-tech fertility treatment to those of low-income.