In the African nation of Malawi, expectant mothers fear that if they speak openly about their pregnancies, someone might put a spell on their unborn children. Rachel Kalungama is a "secret mother," a woman who visits pregnant women's homes and advises them on health, nutrition, and other issues. For more, visit pri.org/stories/2014-02-23/how-secret-mothers-make-childbirth-safer.

Filmed and reported by The World's Anders Kelto.

This video is part of a new series from PRI's The World, "The Ninth Month: Pregnancy and Childbirth Around the World." Visit pri.org/ninthmonth.

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