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State of the Worlds Mothers Report

Global Issues Are Connected to Local Issues

K. Sujata | Posted 07.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Both internationally and domestically, maternal health is at the center of concern, especially as we near the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals that focus on preventable child and maternal deaths.

How Finland Puts Moms First

Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta

According to Save the Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report, Finland is the best country in the world for mothers. This is a tremendous achievement, but not an accident. There is a wide consensus in Finland that maternal and infant health is a high priority, and our national budget reflects that.

No Mother Should Have To Die Giving Life

Catherine Ojo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Ojo

Nigeria is a hard place to be a mom. As a midwife there, I should know. Many women who are in need of medical care there don't get it for a variety of reasons. Either they can't afford it, they live too far from a health facility, or their husbands haven't allowed them to go. Some women literally die waiting for this permission.

Thrust Into Fatherhood ‘Heart' First

Lance Somerfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lance Somerfeld

My wife jolted me out of a deep sleep at 5 a.m. She mumbled something didn't "feel right." The fear in her voice scared me. Before long, I was donning a pair of scrubs in the delivery room. All the while, clenching my wife's hand, kissing her forehead, and whispering confidently about how we were going to be such amazing parents.

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

Improving Maternal Health Care, One Text At A Time

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

During her pregnancy, every expectant mother has bright hopes for the new life she carries. She may have concerns about her ability to care for a newborn. But depending on where she in the world she lives, her fear may be much deeper and more fundamental: "Will my baby survive childbirth?" Or, "Will I?"

Help More Babies Survive The First Day

Janice Frey-Angel | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Frey-Angel

Even more shocking is that more babies die within the first day of life in the United States than any other country in the world. This is not only the highest rate of any industrialized country, it is also 50 percent greater than all other industrialized countries combined. In our own backyard, mothers are experiencing unhealthy pregnancies and deliveries, and babies are dying.

Beyond Newborn Survival: Hope for the First Day

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly, every year, more than one million babies die on the first day of life -- many from preventable causes.

A Mom's Best And Worst Days

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Let me tell you the stories of two mothers who are worlds apart, but share the worst thing that ever happened to them. Both Angela and Kismati still feel the loss of their baby every day, but I'm inspired by the hope found amidst their stories, and within these brave women themselves.

The Lifesaving 6: Hope for Moms and Children Everywhere

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

I am a lucky mom. Many moms in developing countries aren't so lucky. In fact, children in an alarming number of countries do not get the nutrition they need from pregnancy to their 2nd birthday-the critical window for ensuring healthy growth and development -according to Save the Children's 13th annual State of the World's Mothers report released today.