Allyn Gaestel is a freelance journalist and former United Nations correspondent who writes on global health, international politics, and human rights. Allison Shelley is a documentary photographer who focuses on global health issues and co-director of the non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington. She is a former staff photographer for the Washington Times and director of photography for Education Week newspaper. They are currently working on a project about maternal mortality globally for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Nepal is seen as a success story in the maternal health, one of just a few countries to significantly lower the number of women dying in childbirth. Still, until the status of women in society improves, childbirth will remain perilous.