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Newborn Health

The Power of Innovation to Save Moms and Babies

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.25.2016 | Technology
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

While innovative financing and new systems approaches will help achieve this goal, we cannot bridge the resource gap and truly accelerate our progress without innovation. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to fostering innovation to reach this goal.

Simple Solutions to the Greatest Health Challenges

William Haseltine | Posted 10.13.2016 | Impact
William Haseltine

In life, the simplest solutions are often the best. When it comes to healthcare, they're also almost always the cheapest. It's striking then that we s...

Reaching Mothers to Reach Children

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 09.13.2016 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

By Dr. Folake Olayinka Years ago as a young doctor in Nigeria, I was drawn to a baby's weak cry while I did my ward rounds that evening. After deliv...

Mentoring a New Generation of Nurses in India―Saving Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

© Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar Throughout the world, nurses are on the front lines, using their skills and passion to meet the n...

Giving Thanks For The Care That Saved My Son's Life

Abbey Kocan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Abbey Kocan

I did not give birth in Tanzania, although some people had asked me if I would, given my professional focus on maternal healthcare in the country. Des...

No Life Too Small: World Prematurity Day 2015

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

That means today, on World Prematurity Day 2015, more than 41,000 premature babies will be born. Many will grow up healthy, receiving the care that they need immediately after birth and in the days, weeks, and months to follow.

How Midwives Can Help the U.S. Attain the SDGs

Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE | Posted 10.30.2016 | Impact
Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE

Our nation's more than 11,000 certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are key players in achieving 2 SDGs in particular: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) and Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG 5).

Giving Newborns the Best Start in Life Involves Breastfeeding

Mariam Claeson | Posted 08.06.2016 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

We know breast milk is the best source of nutrition for all newborns, regardless of where they live. While global breastfeeding rates are lower than they should be, and have remained stubbornly flat, some countries--particularly in Latin America--have instituted progressive policies to support mothers, leading to higher breastfeeding rates.

Are We Exclusive? A Look at the Evidence for Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF)

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

This week is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week - a time to draw attention to one of the most effective, yet arguably under-utilized, interventions to ensure newborns and children everywhere survive and thrive.

When You Share This Story, You Help Ensure A Child's Healthy Birth In Ethiopia

Dr. Endale Engida | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Dr. Endale Engida

She weighed little -- just 1.5 pounds. Tragically, no one thought she would live another day. Betselot Addisu was born prematurely at around seven months. She had severe anaemia and the beginnings of damage to her intestinal tract -- the second most common cause of death in premature babies.

One Year Later, Award-Winning Series Saves Newborn Lives

Ellen Gabler | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Ellen Gabler

Juniper was born in October 2014 at a hospital in rural Utah. Just three days earlier, the hospital had started using FedEx to ship newborn screening samples overnight to Utah's state lab. Previously, they used regular mail, which meant some babies blood samples took more than five days to get to the lab.

Winning The Birth Lottery (Life Beyond The Womb)

Shivani Garg Patel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Shivani Garg Patel

What is the single most important thing every child needs? Simply put, it's a chance at life beyond the womb.

Let's Start At The Beginning

Samar Shaheryar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Samar Shaheryar

Of the 3 million babies the world loses every year in their first month of life, 99 percent are in the developing world, meaning this is simply an issue of poverty and lack of resources. The weeks following birth are an incredibly vulnerable time, but astoundingly 2 million newborns could be saved with a few low-cost measures.

Small Package, Big Voice

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

The image of Masooma -- a bright, young girl who understood that without an education she wouldn't have the chance to live a full and productive life -- remains most deeply etched in my mind and heart. She taught me that powerful advocates can come in very small packages.

Bending the Curve and Saving Newborn Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Every once in a while, a major innovation comes along -- one that has the potential to change the lives and health of families all over the world -- especially in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

5 Qualities Of An Inspiring Woman, In Honor Of International Women's Day

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

Each International Women's Day, the global community pauses to reflect on women who inspire. Sometimes these women are famous, sometimes they are historical -- but just as often they are seemingly regular women you've never read about in a newspaper or text book.

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.

Four Ways You Can Ensure A Happy And Healthy Start For A Baby In Need This #GivingTuesday

Jennifer Hudson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Hudson

Research shows that children are born ready to learn, but for 16 million children living in poverty in the U.S alone, many families are not set up with the necessary resources to provide their child with a healthy start in life.

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.

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. ...

Young People: Our Present and Our Future

Katja Iversen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

More than a dozen of Women Deliver's Young Leaders attended the PMNCH Partners' Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nelson Mandela once said: "Wh...

Integrating Health Care Systems To Save Lives

Dr. Chewe Luo | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Chewe Luo

Healthy women and healthy babies build healthy communities. We all know this. But we also know that many of the systems in place to keep women and children healthy are fragmented and don't adequately address the needs of those they are built to serve.

Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns A Fighting Chance To Survive And Thrive

Katie Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Katie Taylor

This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give newborns a fighting chance to survive and thrive during the most perilous period of life -- during delivery and the post-natal period when prematurity, asphyxia and infection pose grave threats to their survival.

Simple Solutions to Global Problems: How Two Medicines Promise Life for Mothers and Infants in Nigeria

Joel Lamstein | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Joel Lamstein

Each year, 1-in-5 women, equivalent to over one million births in Nigeria--are completely alone when they deliver their children, whether for logistical or cultural reasons.

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.