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Childbirth in Venezuela, where women's deaths are a State Secret

CARACAS, Venezuela — The labor pains began in her village, in the dark.

Her baby was coming, and Milagros Vásquez, 20, needed help.

With a minidress stretched over her swollen and increasingly stressed body, Ms. Vásquez braved a motorbike journey across three rivers and gripped her belly through two jolting bus rides. But arriving at the first hospital was just the beginning.

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