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Maternal Mortality

Celebrating Midwives, Givers of Life

Isabella Lövin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Isabella Lövin

Although maternal and infant mortality rates have dropped by half since 1990, about 800 women still die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Of these, 99 percent are women and girls in developing countries.

No Maternal Health Without Clean Water

Katie Millar, MPH, RN | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Katie Millar, MPH, RN

What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.

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.

Conception is at Home but Delivery is at the Hospital -- Changing Behaviors in Southern Kenya

Bob Kelty | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Bob Kelty

Top Kenyan marathons have joined together to raise funds to reduce the unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality. These marathoners are passionate about this issue because most of them have been personally affected.

289,000 Reasons Why Health Workers Count For Mothers

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Growing up in Senegal, I lived in what we in the global health community might call a "pronatalist" environment -- meaning that women and communities prefer large families. Contraception was, and often still is, difficult to come by, and many women die as a result of childbirth complications (289,000 per year worldwide, in fact).

The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health Facilities

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

For women in the world's most economically deprived countries, collecting water is a key part of preparing to give birth -- if they are lucky enough to have a source of water that they can use.

Every Child Deserves To Come Into This World Safe And Sound

Anne Parris | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Anne Parris

All four of my children received something 8 million children a year don't get -- a safe birth. So many children around the world have enormous needs due to poverty, political instability, natural disaster, or epidemic diseases like Ebola or measles. I encourage you to do more than worry.

Midwives4All: Professionals Who Put Women First Have The Power To Change The Future

Margot Wallström | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Margot Wallström

Today, on International Women's Day, Sweden is speaking out in support of every woman's right to a midwife. The midwifery profession and workforce have the power to save thousands of lives each year.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

How Safe Is Abortion?

David A. Grimes | Posted 03.03.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Abortion opponents routinely claim that abortion is unsafe. They do this by cherry-picking studies, citing obsolete literature, extrapolating inappropriately and misinterpreting results.

Somali Midwifery School Helps Tackle Harsh Conditions For Women

UN Women | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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.