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Infant Mortality

Universities Can Be Lifesavers

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

Sometimes, with great science and great care, we save lives. Simple concepts; profound impact.

Dying to Give Life: The Paradox of Childbirth in the Motherland

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

A little over 100 years ago, childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Since then, we have drastically reduced the numbers of maternal mortality.

Near Dying To Walking -- All From A Hug

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.27.2012 | Parents

A newborn celebrated for emerging from a coma after a hug from his mother has reached a new milestone -- he's walking. Adam Cheshire, now 16 months...

Women, Education and Power

Jayeeta Basu | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Jayeeta Basu

It is said that change is the only permanent thing in the world. That is, until you reach Karahal in Madhya Pradesh, India. Time has stood still here. The tribal community of Karahal is adversely affected by abysmal poverty, malnutrition, lack of livelihood resources.

Childbirth In Guinea-Bissau: What Mothers Go Through In One Of The Deadliest Places To Give Birth

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents

GABU, Guinea-Bissau -- Fatumata Djau gave birth to her fourth daughter alone, at home, in the dark. She arrived at the hospital at 3 a.m. with the new...

Saving Our Future: Remember the Black Infant Mortality Crisis

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

But a critical issue that is getting lost in the fray is the continuing black infant and maternal mortality crisis. African-American women have the nation's highest rates of infant mortality--more than two times the rate of white women.

Affordable Health Care Will Be Good for America

Cecilia Attias | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Cecilia Attias

To people like me, who are from abroad, the American debate has often seemed bewildering. How could you not want to find a way to provide affordable care to citizens? In the US, of course, the system is enormously complicated and entrenched.

US Infant Mortality Rate Higher Than Other Wealthy Countries

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

We usually don't think about infant mortality in the United States. We associate it with the developing world or with the distant past. The fact that the U.S. has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities.

KENYA: Losing a Life to Give a Life

Okeny-Lucia | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Okeny-Lucia

In my community, the care, concern, and respect a woman experiences during pregnancy does not exist when it comes to labor and delivery.

Call To Action Forum Marks A Turning Point In Child Survival

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Anthony Lake

It is no longer wishful thinking to imagine a world where the child mortality rates in the poorest countries reach those of wealthier nations, and where every child's right to survive can be realized.

Healthy Birth Critical to Child Survival

Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact
Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD

Caring for newborns and young children is only half the battle. It is equally important that we study what happens during pregnancy, because safer and healthier pregnancies will put every child in a better position to live a long and healthy life.

Global Motherhood: Harnessing Mobile Technology To Improve Children's Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Every year, more than 3 million newborns die during their first month of life. This year alone, more than 7 million children around the world won't make it to the age of five. While these numbers are sobering, there is hope: Most of these deaths are preventable, and we already have the tools to help stop them.

Ending Infant Mortality

Cecilia Attias | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Cecilia Attias

Earlier this month, Africa gave the world some very good news. The Economist magazine reported that the continent as a whole had experienced some of the steepest drops in child mortality ever seen anywhere.

Water Enough for All?

Carl Safina | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

The Green Revolution was accomplished largely by doubling the amount of irrigated land. Hundreds of millions of wells now reach into the earth like straws in a thick drink on a hot day. But as with many things, we're taking more water than we're getting.

We Should Be Ashamed: Why the U.S. Has a High Infant Death Rate

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Thirty developed countries, all of which spend much less on health care than the United States, have lower infant mortality rates than we do. And the disparity within our nation is alarming.

Health Of Detroit Infants, Mothers Improving

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 04.30.2012 | Detroit

A report released Monday by the Michigan League For Human Services has some good news for Detroit's expectant parents and new babies, but finds there'...

Global Motherhood: Perils And Promise In Ghana

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home
Dr. Orin Levine

In the United States, we can practically start planning our kids' birthdays from the day they come home from the hospital; deaths in childhood are quite rare. In Ghana, though, you can't take a child's fifth birthday for granted.

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Maternal Mortality In Mexico

Arlene Samen | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Arlene Samen

Victoria Castro may only be 15 years-old, but this has not stopped her from already having saved several lives.

Your Role in Reducing Maternal and Newborn Death

Kimberly Wolf | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Kimberly Wolf

In Tanzania, one in 10 women die giving birth, and maternal death is traditionally justified as the fate of being a woman.

On Surviving Childhood

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 04.28.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

It is outrageous to me that Somali women accept that their baby could die at anytime, yet educated American parents willingly put their own children's lives in danger based on Internet rumors.

Shame on Us: Intolerable Inequality in U.S. Infant Mortality

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Even as it leads the planet in medical and scientific accomplishments, the United States also has some downright shameful disparities in its health care, and one of the worst is in the area of infant mortality.

The White Ribbon Alliance: 10 Years In

Theresa Shaver | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Theresa Shaver

Globally, we are seeing a significant decline in maternal death rates -- a one third reduction since 1990. And yet we still have a long way to go. Childbirth remains the biggest killer of young women around the world.

A Commitment To Caring For Women And Children

Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact

This post is by Johnson & Johnson as part of their sponsorship of HuffPost Global Motherhood. Caring for the health of a mother is the most direct ...

Americans Should Protest Nigerian Witch-Hunter's Visit

Michael Mungai | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Michael Mungai

My appeal to rational Americans is to ensure that Nigerian evangelist Helen Ukpabio, with her hateful campaign against defenseless children, knows that she is not welcome in their country.

Hospital Brings Breastfeeding To The Community

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.04.2012 | Detroit

A $1.2 million grant is giving one Detroit hospital an edge over medical centers across the state, and, most important, it's helping the city's mother...