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In pictures: Inside Sierra Leone's biggest maternity hospital

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A room full of pregnant women wait to be assessed by hospital staff and trainees in the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown.

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Outside the admissions area at the free maternity clinic, an elderly woman makes some money by selling used medicine vials for the pregnant women to provide a urine sample.

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Ruby Williams, the hospital's Matron, checks with a new mother who's trying to help her child nurse from her breast.

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A new mother nurses her child with the sounds of the bustling city just outside her hospital window.

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Hospital workers stand aside as the matron of the hospital, Ruby Williams, does her rounds.

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A nurse checks on a patient in a ward of pregnant women who were having difficulty before giving birth.

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A nurse-in-training checks the vitals of a new mother in a ward of pregnant women who were having difficulty before giving birth.

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Santo Sesay, 20, grips the wall behind her during her labour pains. Delivering her child is midwife Elizabeth Bangali who says she's delivered thousands of babies in her 27-year career. Sesay gave birth to a healthy 2.58 kg baby boy.

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Staff and trainees wait patiently during the labour of Santo Sesay, 20. Delivering her child is midwife Elizabeth Bangali, in green, and a group of students. Sesay gave birth to a healthy 2.58 kg baby boy.

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Staff and trainees wait patiently during the labour of Santo Sesay, 20.

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The matron of the hospital, Ruby Williams, checks on a newborn 2.58 kg boy.

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A newborn baby is washed by a nurse-in-training. The hospital is trying to keep up with the increased numbers of pregnant mothers who are coming for the free healthcare service by training nurses, midwives and doctors.

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