Photo by @lynseyaddario | Cynthia Butler, 26, of Washington, D.C., lived in her car with her partner, Kenneth Brown, through her pregnancy. Brown was working but didn’t make enough money to cover living expenses. Butler says the stress of being “homeless, hungry, not knowing where my food would come from” was made worse because she had no income, little insurance, and no place to go but her car when it was “snowing and raining and freezing.” Mamatoto Village accepted Butler into its program, helping with the delivery of her son, Kenneth Brown, and providing much needed support services. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has gotten worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.