Everyday three women die giving birth in the Pacific.
But a new training programme hopes to help change that.
The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health launched a training manual last year and is this year training doctors and midwives from across the region in emergency care.
A New Zealand-based obstetrician and gynaecologist, Sharron Bolitho, recently travelled to Kiribati to help with training there.
She told Koroi Hawkins she witnessed the extremely difficult circumstances in which midwives and doctors operate.