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Having a Baby Becomes Mother of All Battles in Scarcity-hit Venezuela

Her belly bulging, Hilda Angarita hauls herself to five different drug stores in the sweltering Venezuelan city of Maracaibo until she finally finds post-cesarean patches. "I'm giving birth tomorrow and here I am in the street. I want to go home," says the teacher, 37, fanning herself as she rests on a bench the day before her scheduled delivery. Over the previous nine months, Angarita's life has been consumed with searching for vitamins, calcium, diapers and...

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