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Midwives For a Better Tomorrow, For Every Woman and Every Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Celebrated on May 5th each year, the International Day of the Midwife recognises the invaluable role of midwives in health. As the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), I would like to personally thank midwives for their inspiring work in delivering quality care to women and newborns.

The One Thing Most Americans Don't Realize About Education

Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact

Now, more than ever before, education is a nuanced and contentious subject in political and social discourse. Teacher unions, standardized testing, ex...

When You Invest In Girls and Women, Everybody Wins

Katja Iversen | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Child marriage is not only wrong from a legal and human rights perspective, but also from a broader economic and developmental perspective. When girls are married young, they are more likely to drop out of school, acquire HIV and other sexually-transmitted infectionsand live their lives in poverty.

Celebrating The Unsung Hero In Your Delivery Room

Frances Ganges | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Frances Ganges

No matter who or where we are in the world, we all want our mothers and babies to be healthy.

The Right To Look Human: Motherhood And Safe Surgery

Dr. Mark Shrime | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mark Shrime

I'm also not a father, an obstetrician, a pediatrician, a maternal health specialist, or any of a number of other things that most of us -- myself included -- think of when we think of motherhood. So what, you ask, qualifies me to write about motherhood?

Helping New Moms, One Text At A Time

Tamara Grider | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Tamara Grider

I've seen the simple, yet momentous occasions when many of my friends have entered motherhood, and was naively unaware of the amount of preparation, research and support needed to stay healthy and bring a healthy child into the world.

The Best Way To REALLY Protect Your Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Kate Carr

Parents should not have to choose between keeping their kids safe and inspiring their kids to explore, discover and take chances. There's plenty of room in the world for both.

Speaking Up For A Baby Named Silence

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

Abeba was barely thirty and a mother of ten. She never had prenatal care and had given birth to all ten babies at home, without a skilled attendant. One newborn died at birth and two others died from starvation. It was then she knew her babies were in trouble and needed medical intervention, fast.

The Gift Of Love In The Form Of A Smile

Scarlett Steer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Scarlett Steer

The moment when a mother sees her newborn baby for the first time is a joyous, special occasion. However, sometimes there are instances when that special moment is followed by uncertainty and pain. As a volunteer for Operation Smile, I have experienced the joy and the heartbreak that comes with this type of work.

The Benefits Of Community For Infant Health

Linda Pfeiffer | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Linda Pfeiffer

When a mother dies in poor communities, her older children often leave school to care for the younger children, making it nearly impossible for the next generation to escape the cycle of poverty. The fact that all of this is preventable is tragic--but it also means there is hope.

Motherhood In A Forgotten Country

Amelia Brandt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Amelia Brandt

While motherhood is one of life's greatest joys, it can also lead to tragedy. It is vital that we redouble our efforts to make child bearing and rearing safer. As a global community, we all need to join together to determine what else we can be doing to make sure that women are able to see their children grow up.

Women Leaders And The Chain Reaction

Rosario Pérez | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rosario Pérez

At Pro Mujer, we witness transformations on a daily basis. For women who have never been given the opportunity, one vote of confidence can be the spark that starts a chain reaction. Stories of heavy doors, assumed forever closed, are slowly opening.

Delivering A Healthy Baby After Losing a Child

Emely Rodríguez González | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Emely Rodríguez González

Six months into my pregnancy, I was taken to the hospital to induce birth. After hours of anguish and pain, my baby was stillborn. Because she was born after the 25-week mark, we had to register and bury her. To this day, I have not fully recovered.

Where Girls Don't Count

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

What if you didn't know when your birthday was? What if your government didn't know you existed? What if you weren't counted at all? Counting means a lot of things but mostly "I count" means "I matter."

Providing Safe Water, One Photo at a Time

Karin Krchnak | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Karin Krchnak

Of all the water on Earth, just 3 percent of it is fresh--and most of it is frozen in glaciers or as permanent snow. Just 1 percent of the world's water provides all drinking water, is used for sanitation and health, delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, and provides energy.

The Power Of A Text Message

Sharon D'Agostino | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Sharon D'Agostino

The moment that the four women entered the meeting room where I had been waiting, I could feel my heart warm. For these mothers, the SMS messages calmed their fears.

The Secret Power That All Moms Have

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Around the world, governments, NGOs and community-based organizations struggle to provide for orphaned and vulnerable children. Food, shelter and medical care are fundamental to survival. But what do children need to thrive?

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.

The Key To A Healthy Pregnancy In Mumbai

Aakash Ganju | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aakash Ganju

At only 18 years old, Sitara Devi found herself pregnant and lonely in an urban slum. Here is how she was able to get the health care she needed.

The Invisible Thread Of Hope

Kirk Koenig | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Kirk Koenig

I was the fourth baby my mother delivered, but only the second that survived.

On World Humanitarian Day, Reflecting On What My Daughter's Life Might Have Been

Kim Keller | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Kim Keller

Seven years ago, I brought my daughter home from the orphanage, and my life was dramatically changed. But it wasn't until a recent trip to Yetebon, Ethiopia that I realized just how dramatically I had changed hers.

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

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?"

HIV: Let's Finish The Job

Beth Skorochod | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Skorochod

Today, thanks to the combined efforts of governments, companies, NGOs, health professionals, researchers and everyday volunteers, more children are born free of HIV than ever before. But we have not yet hit "zero."

First Woman To Ever Receive Womb Transplant Gets Amazing News

AP | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents

ANKARA, Turkey -- A hospital says a Turkish woman who became the first person to successfully receive the uterus of a dead donor may now be pregnant. ...