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Maternal Death

Maternal Deaths Are Still A Huge Problem Just About Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Parents

Since 1990, maternal deaths globally have been cut nearly in half. Yet in much of the world, there has been little-to-no progress in curbing maternal ...

Maternal Deaths Drop Sharply, But Only 9 Nations Meet UN Goal

Reuters | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents

BANGKOK, Nov. 12 -- Only nine countries have achieved a UN development goal of reducing the number of women dying before, during or after giving birt...

Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.07.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The co-authors, Dr Nicholas Muraguri and Siddharth Chatterjee along with Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas the UNRC, present a communiqué signed by Kenya's cou...

How A Condom And A Catheter Are Saving Mothers From Bleeding To Death During Delivery

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

An innovation that costs less than $5, and requires items that could be found in any drug store, could save thousands of mothers’ lives. Across the ...

This Solar-Powered Kit Could Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Mothers' And Newborns' Lives

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact

When Dr. Laura Stachel stepped into a maternal health clinic in Nigeria for the first time in 2008, she was “stunned and appalled,” the obstetrici...

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

The Beauty of OB

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When we see a baby born, we observe a flood of emotions from every single person in the room. At that moment, no matter what the situation is, that family's life changes forever.

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | Posted 09.27.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.

Women and Children's Lives Can Be Saved

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Madeleine M. Kunin

We know how to prevent the 900,000 maternal deaths that occur every year in the world. And one million babies could be saved each year if they had better nutrition and health care.

How Do You Talk About Maternal Death? Remember the Woman - Share Her Story

Anne Addison | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

In the developing world, distance (from home to care) is one of the three major delays, and even in the USA, it's a factor in some women's maternal death, or near-miss. Aside from actual miles to care, the obvious distances are the ones backed by statistics (poverty, lack of prenatal care, skin color, lifestyle choices); but sometimes, we create distance out of vapor - out of assumptions.

Maternal Death: Making It a Thing of the Past

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgPlease join us in making needless maternal deaths a thing of the past -- for girls and women everywhere.

Letting Girls Be Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

International Day of the Girl is a day to recognize the rights of girls and to reflect on the unique hardships many of them face. It's also a day to honor their resilience and their capacity -- if given the right opportunities -- to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Freida Pinto | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Freida Pinto

Resources, leadership and long-term commitments are necessary to close persistent gender gaps and improve the rights and well-being of millions of girls around the world.

KENYA: Losing a Life to Give a Life

Okeny-Lucia | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact

In my community, the care, concern, and respect a woman experiences during pregnancy does not exist when it comes to labor and delivery.

Maternal Mortality Rising in the US? What About Mother's Day?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world -- mothers everywhere are honored for their central role in maintaining happy families and healthy societies. But in poor countries, Mother's Day is too often a sad time.

Don't Forget the Girls

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

At UNFPA, we work to make every pregnancy wanted, every child birth safe and to give every young person the opportunity to realize their full potential. Today, there are 500 million adolescent girls in the developing world. Their full potential has yet to be fulfilled.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From Closing Ceremony of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Gloria Iribaziga reports from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where the draft resolution "Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children" has been unanimously passed.

Family Planning: Making the Fundamental Human Right a Reality

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Providing for the unmet need for family planning requires not only tearing down the barriers that women and adolescents face in their homes and communities, but also expanding the availability of quality information, supplies and services.

A Rwanda Where No Woman Dies At Birth

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Changing the stakes for Rwanda, to become the safest place for women to give birth in Sub-Saharan Africa, calls for persistent commitment and determination in the maternal and child health cause.

Calling All Mothers, Calling All Babies: Introducing HuffPost Global Motherhood

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted to announce the launch of Global Motherhood, a new section within HuffPost Impact dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and babies around the world, and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

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.

Women Own 1% of the World's Property -- Occupy That

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.04.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

How much poorer do we want women to get in the world? It's really hard to imagine. Despite the successes of feminists during the past century, even in the U.S. we have a persistent and growing feminization of poverty.

The Architecture of Maternal Death

Chi Mgbako | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

There's a pressing global need to design public maternity units that uphold the dignity of socially disadvantaged women.