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Infant Mortality

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

Woolgathering Catastrophe in Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering.

World Prematurity Day 2014: Taking Action for Newborns Born Too Soon

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Investing in healthcare for women and children contributes directly to the socio-economic development and security of families, communities and nations. Within a generation, it is possible to bring an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths with sustained commitment.

World Prematurity Day: Something To Celebrate

Holly Curtis | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Holly Curtis

World Prematurity Day is a day to honor the mothers, grandmothers and young girls who have endured a premature birth. It is a day that gives a voice to the one million lives lost too soon in 2013.

How My Preterm Baby Connected Me To Mothers Across The World

Liz Coyle | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Liz Coyle

From China to South Sudan to Haiti and beyond, mothers giving birth to preterm babies have little time to worry about their babies' long term health and development -- they must first find a way to keep their babies warm enough to survive.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

Turning Five: The Milestone We Should All Be Celebrating

Sarah Dobsevage | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Sarah Dobsevage

When I asked Teresa what makes her happiest in life, she didn't miss a beat. "I want to tell you the truth; what makes me very happy in life -- it's water."

Fever Pitch: The Fight Against The Long-Term Effects Of Child Hunger

Noël Marie Zagre | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Noël Marie Zagre

At five years old, Eric's tiny body already tells a story of poverty and lost opportunity. He is six inches shorter than he should be for his age. Because he is stunted, experts say his chances of growing up healthy, learning at full potential and getting a job have been greatly diminished.

The "Celebrity Couples" Of Global Health And Development

Leith Greenslade | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths now concentrated in just 15 countries, health investments that include sanitation, education, contraception, infrastructure and women's incomes can potentially double their impact on lives saved.

How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

Anna Frellsen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Frellsen

But ensuring a safe delivery is not only a question about seeking care; it is also a question of delivering the right quality of care. All over sub-Saharan Africa, health workers with low levels of education are often appointed alone to health posts in hard-to-reach areas. The consequences for the women giving birth and for their newborns are often fatal.

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.

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.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

How One Photographer Is Documenting Maternal Health in Africa

Jennifer James | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

I am a big believer in continuing to work on stories for the long haul. That is what Patruno has done since 2011. He has been documenting the gritty truth about maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa for the past three years and shows no sign of letting up. Here are his thoughts about covering maternal health in Africa.

Why Should We Invest in Girls' Education?

Megan Foo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family -- and a whole nation."

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | Posted 09.27.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

The Global Search for Education: A Healthy Start for All

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Poverty, ignorance, poor health and undernutrition trap the lives of mothers and infants in vicious cycles according to the findings of a Symposium on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Emerging Markets.

Mama's Strength

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

My mother's independence was the butt of jokes in the small social group she were a part of. But she didn't care. She did what she had to do. She came from a village where she was the only girl who left to pursue higher education.

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.

Am I Supposed to Be a Father?

Nick Hall | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Nick Hall

I remember exactly where I was sitting. It was a bright, sunny day and spring was in the air, but not for Jennifer and me. We were having no luck creating a flower, and it was beginning to take a toll on our relationship. I remember thinking that maybe, just maybe, our lack of success was the universe's way of telling me that I wasn't cut out to be a father.

How Detroit Is Trying To Help Expectant Mothers Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Detroit's infant mortality rate is twice the national average and the highest among large American cities, but a new initiative in the city is trying ...

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.