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Peter J. Donaldson
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New Vision for Contraceptive Research and Development

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Co-authored with Régine Sitruk-Ware, distinguished scientist, Population Council

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 1960, the birth control pill was revolutionary. For the first time, couples could safely and reliably plan their families with the help of effective medication. Today, the generation of women...

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Christmas Births

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 5:50 PM

In the familiar account of Jesus' birth, there is no mention of the fact that Mary delivered her firstborn without the help of medical personnel. Giving birth without skilled help was universal 2,000-plus years ago. It remains surprisingly common today.

The World Health Organization estimates that this year, 63...

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A Mother's Day Gift

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:25 PM

More than 360,000 women will give birth this Mother's Day -- 90 percent of them in developing countries. One thousand of these women will die while becoming mothers. Nearly 300 of them didn't plan or want to be pregnant, yet they will lose their lives. In early April, Melinda Gates...

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