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Infant Mortality

We Should Be Ashamed: Why the U.S. Has a High Infant Death Rate

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Thirty developed countries, all of which spend much less on health care than the United States, have lower infant mortality rates than we do. And the disparity within our nation is alarming.

Health Of Detroit Infants, Mothers Improving

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 04.30.2012 | Detroit

A report released Monday by the Michigan League For Human Services has some good news for Detroit's expectant parents and new babies, but finds there'...

Global Motherhood: Perils And Promise In Ghana

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home
Dr. Orin Levine

In the United States, we can practically start planning our kids' birthdays from the day they come home from the hospital; deaths in childhood are quite rare. In Ghana, though, you can't take a child's fifth birthday for granted.

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Maternal Mortality In Mexico

Arlene Samen | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Arlene Samen

Victoria Castro may only be 15 years-old, but this has not stopped her from already having saved several lives.

Your Role in Reducing Maternal and Newborn Death

Kimberly Wolf | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Kimberly Wolf

In Tanzania, one in 10 women die giving birth, and maternal death is traditionally justified as the fate of being a woman.

On Surviving Childhood

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 04.28.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

It is outrageous to me that Somali women accept that their baby could die at anytime, yet educated American parents willingly put their own children's lives in danger based on Internet rumors.

Shame on Us: Intolerable Inequality in U.S. Infant Mortality

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Even as it leads the planet in medical and scientific accomplishments, the United States also has some downright shameful disparities in its health care, and one of the worst is in the area of infant mortality.

The White Ribbon Alliance: 10 Years In

Theresa Shaver | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Theresa Shaver

Globally, we are seeing a significant decline in maternal death rates -- a one third reduction since 1990. And yet we still have a long way to go. Childbirth remains the biggest killer of young women around the world.

A Commitment To Caring For Women And Children

Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact

This post is by Johnson & Johnson as part of their sponsorship of HuffPost Global Motherhood. Caring for the health of a mother is the most direct ...

Americans Should Protest Nigerian Witch-Hunter's Visit

Michael Mungai | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Michael Mungai

My appeal to rational Americans is to ensure that Nigerian evangelist Helen Ukpabio, with her hateful campaign against defenseless children, knows that she is not welcome in their country.

Hospital Brings Breastfeeding To The Community

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.04.2012 | Detroit

A $1.2 million grant is giving one Detroit hospital an edge over medical centers across the state, and, most important, it's helping the city's mother...

Where Our Nation Has Failed

Leon Friedman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Leon Friedman

In the face of our enormous economic success, why are we so deficient in dealing with the health of our infants and the population as a whole or in educating our children, in comparison with other countries in the world?

Give The Gift Of Life

Sarah Brown | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Worldwide, pregnancy and childbirth remain the biggest killer of women of reproductive age. What's even more scandalous and heartbreaking is that almost all of these deaths can be prevented.

Social Innovation: Can Fresh Thinking Solve the World's Most Intractable Problems?

Denielle Sachs | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

Leading social innovators from around the world tackle the power of social innovation and the impact it is having globally on issues ranging from poverty and famine to infant mortality and disease eradication.

Build a Cocoon Around Your Kid, Just Don't Open the Window

Gernot Wagner | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Gernot Wagner

We can attempt to build a protective cocoon around our child and do so with fervor, but national policy nixes all attempts to making a difference as parents. As soon as we breathe or drink water we are connected to the planet and everyone else around us.

Robin Lim: Obsessions of a Hero

Rio Helmi | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Rio Helmi

Every 15 minutes around the world, 23 babies die during birth, 28 are stillborn, and 86 infants under 1 month old die of various causes. In truth, these numbers are conservative.

Infant Sleep Safety -- What Parents Need to Know

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Infant sleep safety recommendations have certainly changed since I was a parent of a newborn! Bumpers -- out, stuffed animals -- out, fluffy blankets -- out! I'm referring to "out of the crib."

Celebrating Partnerships That Improve Health for Women and Children

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 11.19.2011 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

At the end of this month, the seven billionth person will be born--that's a lot of mothers and children. To expand awareness of maternal and infant needs, Johnson & Johnson and the AOL/Huffington Post Media Group will collaborate and launch extensive content related to global motherhood.

Janell Ross

Latino Health: An Unsolved Mystery | Janell Ross | Posted 10.11.2011 | Latino Voices

Jonah Garcia is a social worker with what may be one of the toughest gigs in the country. Garcia is a program director at La Clinica de Familia Do...

Got to Admit It's Getting Better

Dennis Whittle | Posted 09.25.2011 | Books
Dennis Whittle

Charles Kenny's recent book is an antidote to the pessimism many of us feel about the state of the world. Kenny shows that many indicators of wellbeing have improved rapidly even in the absence of consistent economic growth.

Watch: Vaccine Summit Raises $4.3 Billion

Posted 08.15.2011 | Impact


Celebrate Mothers Locally, Commit To Mothers Globally

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

Access to maternal health care, contraception and family planning services can and should be available to all women, regardless of nationality, geography, economic status or other factors.

A Tribute To Mothers In Developing Countries

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Despite their hardships, mothers throughout the developing world are persevering. They must, after all, as their families depend on them for so much.

Overcoming the Real Challenges Facing Chicago's Mothers

K. Sujata | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

To truly honor motherhood, we must do more than buy a box of chocolates. In that spirit I want to recognize the local leaders who aim to change policies and systems that affect mothers and their families.

Can the U.S. Afford Economic Rights in an Economic Crisis?

Hope Lewis | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Hope Lewis

We can't afford not to promote economic and social rights when constitutional courts, schools, and ordinary people protesting on the streets around the world are beginning to understand and apply them.