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Maternal Mortality

The Only Industrial Nation Without Parental Leave -- Worst Yet To Come?

Alev Dudek | Posted 02.07.2017 | New York
Alev Dudek

The USA, compared to other industrial nations, is among the worst in regard to protecting and improving the well-being of children and families.

HAITI: Why I Can't Stop Thinking about Her

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 10.19.2016 | Women
Cathleen Falsani

(Photo of a pregnant woman in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince on Sept. 25, 2016 by Josh Estey/CARE.) It's been three weeks since I returned...

Prioritizing Maternal And Newborn Survival: Time To Look To The Developing World For Affordable Solutions

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 10.03.2016 | Women
Susan M. Blaustein

With America unique among developed and most developing countries in its rising maternal mortality, it's especially encouraging to see significant progress in mothers' and newborn survival in sites across the developing world.

Not a Time to Die: A Story of Birth in Uganda

Sara Ojjeh | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
Sara Ojjeh

In a village in the rural Mubende district of Uganda, Annette had a feeling that something was not right with her pregnancy. Like most women in rural ...

Birth in a Time of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Dr. Anthony Costello | Posted 09.19.2016 | Impact
Dr. Anthony Costello

Maternal and infant mortality is not confined to the past, much less to fiction.

Too Many People Are Dying in Northeast Texas

David Lakey | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
David Lakey

2,615. That's the number of people who died in Northeast Texas in 2014 who wouldn't have died if mortality rates in the region were simply the same as...

Designing Mother-Centered Solutions in Uganda: A Maternal Health Network for Vulnerable Women

Andy Bryant | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

I have the great pleasure of hosting blog pieces from our exemplary partners on this platform. Today's blog comes from our Ugandan-based partner, S.O....

Mothers and children must be the priority this World Humanitarian Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On Humanitarian Day it is right that we mark the plight of the millions affected and displaced by humanitarian crises across the globe and the thousands of humanitarians who dedicate their lives helping them.

Pregnancy-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled In Texas After Cuts To Women's Health

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Texas experienced a sudden and dramatic spike in pregnancy-related deaths in 2011, the same year the state slashed funding for Planned ...

Kenya's health sector challenges present the ideal setting for creating shared value

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.14.2016 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

UNFPA and private sector representatives in Mandera county in Northern Kenya to develop solutions with the community and the county government. Credit...

The Mortality Games: U.S. Is Disqualified In Trials For Health Olympics

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Anne Mercer

How should we train for the Health Olympics in future generations? It took us over sixty years to go from being one of the world's healthiest nations to today's dismal showing. There is no quick fix.

Bees Pollinate Possibilities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we highlight seven grantees whose projects range from arts and animal rights to environmentalism and education. ...

Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County, Kenya For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry's fifth ...

Tackle TB to Reduce Maternal Deaths: No Time for Complacency

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

We must establish integrated health systems that address all of the health needs of mothers and their children. Only then, can we begin to say that we are delivering real results for women in need across the globe.

The World Is Getting Better -- People Need to Know That If We Want More Progressive Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Making progressive change isn't easy. It requires activism, sound political strategy, and endurance. But we also need something less tangible: faith that the future can be better than the present.

Gender Equality and Equity in Health Will Anchor Drive Towards Sustainable National Development

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

That advocacy drive by the Government of Kenya and UNFPA has culminated in an innovative project that is now being implemented in six of the forty seven counties with the highest maternal and child deaths.

A Pro-Faith, Pro-Choice Response to Rev. Rob Schenck's Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gun Agenda

Katey Zeh | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Katey Zeh

What does being pro-life mean in a world in which giving birth to new life causes so many women to lose their own?

How Text Messages Are Saving Moms From Dying During Childbirth

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.30.2016 | Impact

IDENAU, Cameroon, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Julianna Senze, 40, had been in heavy labour for eight hours when she arrived at the Idenau ...

Joy and Pain: One Film Director Thoughtfully Depicts the Spectrum of Childbirth in the Black Community

Elizabeth Dawes Gay | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Dawes Gay

As we celebrate International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, the documentary The American Dream shares varied maternity experiences in Black women's own voices.

Looming U.S. Zika Threat Highlights Perennial Low-Birth Weight Crisis for Black Moms

Catherine Cubbin | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Catherine Cubbin

As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.

Dying To Give Birth: 3 Reasons American Women Are Dying of Pregnancy Complications

Samina Ali | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Samina Ali

If you believe that maternal mortality is an issue that doesn't affect women in the U.S., think again.

Maternal Monday - Translating Social Action into Maternal Education

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.22.2017 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Social Media Week in Nigeria this #MaternalMonday is especially inspiring as it allows us to mark the coming together of maternal advocacy and social media. To celebrate, we are highlighting what we have achieved through our social media advocacy and health educational antenatal classes

Nigeria Contained Ebola; Can We Contain Lassa Fever and Zika Virus?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.08.2017 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA and I will also facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimize morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.

Women's Empowerment Begins With Assuring Our Girls' Right to Eat

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.01.2017 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

In many parts of India, girls in poor families are the last to eat.

Saving Africa's Mothers With Solar Suitcases

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 01.21.2017 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

In 2015, some 303,000 women died from childbirth or pregnancy-related complications. Yet that figure, disturbing as it is, is dwarfed by the number of young mothers who suffer injury, infection and disease after giving birth.