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Infant Mortality

Is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome a Result of Stubbornness?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

The Back to Sleep initiative, now referred to as Safe to Sleep, has drastically reduced the number of crib deaths. The number of reported cases is three times lower than it was in the early 90s. But even one infant death is too many when it can be prevented by taking simple precautions.

'Eliminating' HIV Infections From Mothers to Infants

Pierre M. Barker, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Pierre M. Barker, M.D.

It's not often that we hear that a disease or condition has been "eliminated" -- but that's what the World Health Organization announced a couple of weeks back when they confirmed that Cuba was the first country to be certified as having achieved this remarkable goal.

Fuel For Dr. Nelson, Fuel For Nathalie

Dr. Marc Edson Augustin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Marc Edson Augustin

"Have things gotten better?" International visitors often ask me, a Haitian doctor and the Associate Director of the St. Luke Foundation medical mission. The truth is not a simple one. There are two sides of the coin, and both are essential in order to understand what is happening in Haiti.

The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans. More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark rep...

Combating Infant Mortality: The Impact of Maternal Education on Perinatal Outcomes

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rep. Gwen Moore

The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.

Affirming The Strength Of Mothers In Our Nation's Capital

Ebony Roebuck | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Ebony Roebuck

In our nation's capital, prenatal and maternal health care has become a widening divide between the more affluent mothers and our most economically vulnerable mothers.

It's a Boy!

Jonathan Richards | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Trusting Your Inner Voice

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
The Next Ten Challenge

In cooperation with our longstanding partner, Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the ...

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

High-Profile Coverage for a High-Passion Concern

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
The Next Ten Challenge

For many years, the child health and public health community have been calling attention to the fact that the infant mortality rate in the US is the worst among all industrialized countries.

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.

10 Shocking Facts About Baltimore

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Were you shocked at the disruption in Baltimore? What is more shocking is daily life in Baltimore, a city of 622,000 people, 63 percent of whom are African-American. Here are 10 numbers that tell some of the story.

'How A Two-Pound Baby Changed The Direction Of My Life'

Jane Chen | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Jane Chen

Nathan was a tiny baby, born at just under two pounds. He was abandoned on the side of the road in central China just after his birth, and the odds were so severely stacked against him that he shouldn't have survived at all.

Basic Safety Programs Dramatically Cut Tragedies in Childbirth

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Taylor Lincoln

It turns out that solutions exist to preventing a significant percentage of the tragedies that cause all of this suffering and handwringing. A new Public Citizen report recounts childbirth safety initiative undertaken by four organizations in the past 15 years that have generated striking results.

We're Making Real Health Progress That's Saving Kids' Lives. Here's Proof In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

The world has made significant progress in ensuring more kids live to see adulthood -- just check out the blue bars. Child mortality has gone down ...

Preventing Infant Deaths: What Can We Learn From Cuba?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

On a recent trip to Cuba I determined to find out how that country manages to have an infant mortality rate well below that of the U.S., with dramatically fewer resources than we have.

Giving Every Child A Fair Chance In Life Is A Defining Challenge For Our Generation

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.

Plague Plots: Dispatches From Geraldine Brooks

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.22.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year of Wonders, the lives of those who care for the afflicted, and comfort the dying, are elevated.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

Woolgathering Catastrophe in Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering.

World Prematurity Day 2014: Taking Action for Newborns Born Too Soon

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Investing in healthcare for women and children contributes directly to the socio-economic development and security of families, communities and nations. Within a generation, it is possible to bring an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths with sustained commitment.

World Prematurity Day: Something To Celebrate

Holly Curtis | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Holly Curtis

World Prematurity Day is a day to honor the mothers, grandmothers and young girls who have endured a premature birth. It is a day that gives a voice to the one million lives lost too soon in 2013.

How My Preterm Baby Connected Me To Mothers Across The World

Liz Coyle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Liz Coyle

From China to South Sudan to Haiti and beyond, mothers giving birth to preterm babies have little time to worry about their babies' long term health and development -- they must first find a way to keep their babies warm enough to survive.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

Turning Five: The Milestone We Should All Be Celebrating

Sarah Dobsevage | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Sarah Dobsevage

When I asked Teresa what makes her happiest in life, she didn't miss a beat. "I want to tell you the truth; what makes me very happy in life -- it's water."