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Inside the maternity bags of expectant mothers around the world

If you were about to give birth, what essential items would you want to pack into your maternity bag?

For expectant mothers in Western parts of the world, the bag might be stuffed full of comfy clothing, iPods and scented massage oils.

But for those in less developed areas, the word "essentials" takes on a whole new meaning. Women travelling to give birth in labour wards that often feature broken toilets and limited clean water supplies may have to take items such as their own plastic sheets, buckets and torches.

To highlight the difficulty of labour in areas where clean water is in short supply, the global charity Water Aid have travelled across the world to take beautiful snapshots of pregnant women and their maternity bags.

Click the squares below to see the truly eye-opening content of seven different maternity bags, from the UK to Madagascar.

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