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Infant Mortality

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

The Global Search for Education: A Healthy Start for All

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Poverty, ignorance, poor health and undernutrition trap the lives of mothers and infants in vicious cycles according to the findings of a Symposium on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Emerging Markets.

Mama's Strength

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

My mother's independence was the butt of jokes in the small social group she were a part of. But she didn't care. She did what she had to do. She came from a village where she was the only girl who left to pursue higher education.

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.

Am I Supposed to Be a Father?

Nick Hall | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Nick Hall

I remember exactly where I was sitting. It was a bright, sunny day and spring was in the air, but not for Jennifer and me. We were having no luck creating a flower, and it was beginning to take a toll on our relationship. I remember thinking that maybe, just maybe, our lack of success was the universe's way of telling me that I wasn't cut out to be a father.

How Detroit Is Trying To Help Expectant Mothers Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Detroit's infant mortality rate is twice the national average and the highest among large American cities, but a new initiative in the city is trying ...

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

The Next Frontier in Rwanda

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Mark Shriver

"What good is that if our babies and mothers are dying? They must be the priority."

Mississippi Cares More About the Politics of Unborn Children, Than Unborn Children

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As conservatives attempt to criminalize a broader range of actions in attempts to grant legal personhood to unborn children, and thus create a stronger argument against safe, legal abortion, a case in Mississippi is at center stage.

Charity Ad Features Explicit Birth Footage Highlighting That More Than 1 Million Newborns Die (GRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact

More than 1 million babies don’t live beyond one day, a devastating fact that a nonprofit is drawing attention to with a graphic PSA. Save the Ch...

Inside the Politics of Breastfeeding Promotion

Shawn Baker | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Shawn Baker

It doesn't make headlines, but every year 800,000 children under five die because of poor breastfeeding practices. Scientific evidence about breastfeeding's extraordinary benefits continues to grow.

What a Life-Saving Baby Warmer Taught Me About Technology

Jane Chen | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Jane Chen

Technology alone can't solve massive global problems like infant mortality. However, technology powered by love can.

A Solution for Poor Mothers, When Expensive Hospital Incubators Won't Do | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact

Sometimes a single course can change a student’s life. That’s what happened to Rahul Panicker, Jane Chen, Linus Liang, and later Naganand Murty wh...

Inventors Gather to Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths

Oliver Subasinghe | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Oliver Subasinghe

A recent event in Washington, D.C. brought together designers, inventors and global health experts to award funding to promising products and services that may prevent maternal and newborn deaths.

American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The fact that the U.S. health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries has been well established. What may surprise some is that the U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of life.

The World's Most Vulnerable Mothers Need Our Help

Leith Greenslade | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

Behind every preventable child death is a disempowered mother.

Making A Difference: A World of Giving - Providing a Healthy Start for All Babies

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

The arrival of the newest member of the royal family has put the media into 'baby frenzy.' But infants all over the world need help every day in order to have the very best start in life.

No Mother Should Have To Die Giving Life

Catherine Ojo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Ojo

Nigeria is a hard place to be a mom. As a midwife there, I should know. Many women who are in need of medical care there don't get it for a variety of reasons. Either they can't afford it, they live too far from a health facility, or their husbands haven't allowed them to go. Some women literally die waiting for this permission.

5 Facts About Rick Perry's 'Pro-Life' Texas Utopia

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

It really would seem that for all of Rick Perry's mansplaining to State Senator Wendy Davis about her obligations as a mother and emphasizing his love for the "sanctity of life," he only seems to be "pro-life" when it's politically convenient.

All for the Sake of a Few Nutrients

Jamie Cooper-Hohn | Posted 08.08.2013 | Impact
Jamie Cooper-Hohn

The difference between a child achieving his or her full potential in life comes down to the first thousand days: from pregnancy through to a child's second birthday. For hundreds of millions of children, the lack of a few key nutrients during this period will forever blight their future.

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

The Toughest Places to Be a Mother

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Imagine giving birth in one of the bottom-ranked countries. Your family's income may be less than $200 a person for the whole year. There's a good chance you were married as a child. If this is your first pregnancy, you may still be under 18.

Gold in the Dark: Having Children After Infant Loss

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

By Carol McMurrich My children were conceived in my mind long before they ever existed in cellular form. As a child and teen, surrounded by siblings,...

Improving Maternal Health Care, One Text At A Time

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

During her pregnancy, every expectant mother has bright hopes for the new life she carries. She may have concerns about her ability to care for a newborn. But depending on where she in the world she lives, her fear may be much deeper and more fundamental: "Will my baby survive childbirth?" Or, "Will I?"