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Maternal Mortality

Somali Midwifery School Helps Tackle Harsh Conditions For Women

UN Women | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Somalia is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman, especially a pregnant woman. According to recent statistics, one in 18 Somali women die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth -- one of the highest lifetime risks of maternal death in the world.

The Story Of My Daughter's Birth

Julia Wiklander | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Julia Wiklander

It felt like I was in a movie -- one of those scenes where the woman in labor screams in pain and squirms as each contraction kicks in. Never had I imagined that giving birth would feel like a thin line between life and death -- both for me and my baby.

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

This Life-Threatening Disorder Affects 1 In 12 Pregnancies.. And You've Probably Never Heard Of It

Sarah Hughes | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Sarah Hughes

When I became pregnant, I planned and researched everything from the best infant car seat to the top-of-the-line strollers. What I didn't research turned out to be the most important thing I wished I had: preeclampsia.

The Bad Old Days: Abortion in America Before Roe v. Wade

David A. Grimes | Posted 01.15.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

As a young doctor, I removed a rubber catheter from the uterus of a woman with fever of 106 degrees. A dietitian in a nearby city had inserted the catheter through her cervix to induce an abortion.

The Peaks Unclimbed: Former President Joyce Banda on the Unmet Goals for Girls and Women

Adam Lewis | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

If the MDGs are Mount Everest, we're currently sitting on a plateau somewhere halfway up: Progress is as undeniable as it is unprecedented, yet most of the goals remain unfulfilled.

Women, Newborns And Health: Today's Evidence, Tomorrow's Post-2015 Agenda

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

In 2015, our way forward is to empower women to ensure they get the health care they need and deserve.

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.

How Ebola Impedes Women's Empowerment in West Africa

Megan Foo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Teen
Megan Foo

It is patently clear that Ebola is injurious not just to women's physical health, but to their education, safety and economic well-being.

Preterm Birth: Forging The Path To Prevention

Eve Lackritz | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Eve Lackritz

Today, we face the post-2015 challenge of preterm birth in the same way that we once faced the other leading causes of child mortality two decades ago, challenges with limited solutions and against great odds.

The Feminist Lutheran Pastor

Phil Latessa | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Phil Latessa

"We want to be trained to give good care to our pregnant women and their babies. We want to save the lives of those women who have problems delivering their babies," said Mama Maria, the elder woman at Nadaruru, and possessor of great moral authority.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Midwives are Priceless. Here's Why.

Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE

In order for US women to have access to midwives who are educated and able to provide high-quality, high-value care, a workforce transformation must take place. We need a government willing to invest in women.

Families Rising Up: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since January 1, 2013, through my work at the Pollination Project, I've been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

The "Celebrity Couples" Of Global Health And Development

Leith Greenslade | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths now concentrated in just 15 countries, health investments that include sanitation, education, contraception, infrastructure and women's incomes can potentially double their impact on lives saved.

Time to Deliver Better Care to the World's Mothers

Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD

In just a few months, the new year will usher in the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a series of eight goals created by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 intended to aid international growth and improvement.

Brazil's Inventive Solution To Save Newborns: Breast Milk Banks

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.

Newborn Health: How Do We Care For The Most Vulnerable In Our Society?

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Newborn health is inextricably connected to maternal health. Similarly to maternal mortality, preventable diseases are the major causes of under-five deaths. Inadequate nutrition, limited access to clean water and poor healthcare infrastructures lead to the spread of preventable infectious diseases.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

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.

Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

Dr. Susan Stone | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Susan Stone

We have a tendency to rely on life-saving, last-minute efforts to turn around a person's health. These strategies are often unsuccessful and always extremely costly. They usually do not result in a lifetime improvement in health.

Securing the Right to Motherhood in Uganda Through Safe Birthing Projects

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

In Uganda around sixteen women die giving birth each day. The urgency to combat high maternal mortality is critical given that women give birth to on average seven children, the third highest in the world.

The Time Is Now To Take Action To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Fifteen years ago, a group of world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commit to a vision of a better future. ...

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.