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Maternal Care

When Disaster Strikes, Mothers and Newborns Are the Most Vulnerable

Julia Wiklander | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Julia Wiklander

What we often forget to speak about when a global disaster happens are the hundreds of thousands of women and girls who still need maternal health care.

Mothers Are Not Alone: The Vital Role Of Midwives In Healthy, Normal Birth

Mary Higgins | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Mary Higgins

We must not ignore the crucial responsibility we each have as individual midwives in keeping childbirth normal, thereby doing our best to prevent those complications that contribute to mortality and morbidity even occurring.

The Two Faces Of Motherhood: Maternal Health In The U.S.

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

It is a known fact that poverty and health care disparities exist in America's underserved communities. The statistics here as they relate to perinatal health and infant morbidity and mortality rival that of third world nations.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

Every Woman Deserves Obstetric Care Fit for a Queen

Edna Adan Ismail | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Edna Adan Ismail

Giving birth is a difficult business for all women -- that's why it's called labor. But for tens of millions of women around the world, too often bringing new life into the world means risking their own.

Maternal Mental Health: Figuring Out If Breastfeeding Works For You And Your Baby

Galit Breen | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
Galit Breen

We have to talk about maternal mental health. If breastfeeding isn't working -- if the process is overtaking mothering -- then breast stops being best.

Mother Who Overcame the Odds Feels Called to Fight Maternal Deaths

Crislyn Felisilda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Crislyn Felisilda

In most Muslim communities on Mindanao Island, women generally have 10 or more children. Unfortunately some babies, and even mothers themselves, die before or after the delivery due to various complications.

The Unfairness Of Having A Child In Africa

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Kim Siegal

We are privileged. All of us reading and writing blogs. Specifically, I'm thinking of us so-called mommy bloggers. Of course we know this, but we rarely pause to consider it. It's easier that way.

Respectful Care Is Quality Care

Catherine Carr | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Catherine Carr

The concept of "safe motherhood" isn't just about ensuring a woman's physical safety or preventing her death or disability. It is respect for a woman's basic human rights, including her autonomy, dignity, feelings, choices, and preferences, including companionship during maternity care.

Global Motherhood: Beyond survival -- Could Access to Maternal Care Transform a Woman's Life?

Yasmina Zaidman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Yasmina Zaidman

In the developing world, the option for poor women to have medical assistance of any kind is often absent and this leads to the death of 800 women each day from pregnancy and childbirth.

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.

Healing The Grandchildren Of Rwandan Genocide

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.15.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Julienne was just four during the 1994 genocide. She is HIV-positive and works as an artisan for this member-owned women's collective through The Ih...

Niger: Food Crisis or Ground Floor Opportunity to Save Mothers and Babies

Jeanne Faulkner | Posted 04.18.2012 | Impact
Jeanne Faulkner

Ask a woman when she was hungriest, she might say when she was pregnant or breastfeeding. I drove to McDonald's where I was seduced by a filet-o-fish sandwich. In contrast to what's happening in Niger, I wasn't hungry at all.

The Health Care Bill and Women's Health: Wins, Losses, and Challenges

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Some of the provisions in the newly signed health care bill are of particular importance to women. Below is an initial summary of the wins, losses, and remaining challenges for women's health and rights.