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Childbirth Death

Am I a Father? Check -- Bidding Farewell to My Baby Too Soon

James Sims | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
James Sims

Angel Belle was alive during the entire delivery process. My wife felt her kicking throughout. Her heartbeat was strong. And then it was not. After being delivered, Angel Belle took a single breath while her heartbeat slowly faded.

Respectful Care With a Sense of Momentum

Brigid McConville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brigid McConville

It remains a scandal that childbirth is the leading cause of death for young women in many countries -- and that is fortunately a far cry from birth in the UK. But the concept of dignity, our universal rights to respect and care during childbirth, connect all mothers and midwives, wherever we live.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Given the challenges posted by climate change and the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer, no one knows whether farmers will be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the projected 9.6 billion people just 37 years from now.

A Kickstarter For Life-Saving Surgeries

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Last year, I went to Sierra Leone on a trip with the State Department and stumbled into a problem that eats away at all the happiness of the last few weeks. I learned that in Sierra Leone, one in eight women die in childbirth.

U.K. Mother's Day -- A Cause for Celebration, But Not for All

Nancy Durrell McKenna | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Nancy Durrell McKenna

Each year, 358,000 women worldwide die from complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth, there are four million neonatal deaths and three million stillbirths.

In Solidarity To End Maternal Mortality Around The World

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Whereas in the U.S. motherhood is for most women a joyous celebration, in many developing countries it is often said that to be pregnant is to put one foot in the grave.

A Matter of Life and Death: The Preventable Crisis of Maternal Mortality

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Too many people of faith are unaware of the tragic and unending scale of maternal mortality. To bring attention to this global tragedy, we are calling on religious leaders to become involved.

Giving Every Daughter a Mother

Elizabeth Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Adler

Maternal mortality is a tragedy of global inequity. But if we commit ourselves to changing the health care delivery systems that fail poor, rural women, we can eliminate this tragedy.

How To Save Our Nation's Budget and Start Nurturing American Families

Shaana Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shaana Keller

In the United States today, more than 95% of our pregnant moms deliver in a hospital setting. Yet, for normal pregnancies, science has proven that it is safer to use a midwifery model of care.

Build for Mothers and You Build for Everyone

Sarah Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Brown

We will make progress on HIV/AIDS, education, nutrition, health care, on immunization, even, I believe, on the environment, if we reduce the number of mothers dying needlessly in childbirth.