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Maternal Death

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.

Women and Children's Lives Can Be Saved

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Madeleine M. Kunin

We know how to prevent the 900,000 maternal deaths that occur every year in the world. And one million babies could be saved each year if they had better nutrition and health care.

How Do You Talk About Maternal Death? Remember the Woman - Share Her Story

Anne Addison | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

In the developing world, distance (from home to care) is one of the three major delays, and even in the USA, it's a factor in some women's maternal death, or near-miss. Aside from actual miles to care, the obvious distances are the ones backed by statistics (poverty, lack of prenatal care, skin color, lifestyle choices); but sometimes, we create distance out of vapor - out of assumptions.

Maternal Death: Making It a Thing of the Past

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgPlease join us in making needless maternal deaths a thing of the past -- for girls and women everywhere.

Letting Girls Be Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

International Day of the Girl is a day to recognize the rights of girls and to reflect on the unique hardships many of them face. It's also a day to honor their resilience and their capacity -- if given the right opportunities -- to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Freida Pinto | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Freida Pinto

Resources, leadership and long-term commitments are necessary to close persistent gender gaps and improve the rights and well-being of millions of girls around the world.

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.

Maternal Mortality Rising in the US? What About Mother's Day?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world -- mothers everywhere are honored for their central role in maintaining happy families and healthy societies. But in poor countries, Mother's Day is too often a sad time.

Don't Forget the Girls

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

At UNFPA, we work to make every pregnancy wanted, every child birth safe and to give every young person the opportunity to realize their full potential. Today, there are 500 million adolescent girls in the developing world. Their full potential has yet to be fulfilled.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From Closing Ceremony of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Gloria Iribaziga reports from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where the draft resolution "Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children" has been unanimously passed.

Family Planning: Making the Fundamental Human Right a Reality

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Providing for the unmet need for family planning requires not only tearing down the barriers that women and adolescents face in their homes and communities, but also expanding the availability of quality information, supplies and services.

A Rwanda Where No Woman Dies At Birth

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Changing the stakes for Rwanda, to become the safest place for women to give birth in Sub-Saharan Africa, calls for persistent commitment and determination in the maternal and child health cause.

Calling All Mothers, Calling All Babies: Introducing HuffPost Global Motherhood

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted to announce the launch of Global Motherhood, a new section within HuffPost Impact dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and babies around the world, and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Give The Gift Of Life

Sarah Brown | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Worldwide, pregnancy and childbirth remain the biggest killer of women of reproductive age. What's even more scandalous and heartbreaking is that almost all of these deaths can be prevented.

Women Own 1% of the World's Property -- Occupy That

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.04.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

How much poorer do we want women to get in the world? It's really hard to imagine. Despite the successes of feminists during the past century, even in the U.S. we have a persistent and growing feminization of poverty.

The Architecture of Maternal Death

Chi Mgbako | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

There's a pressing global need to design public maternity units that uphold the dignity of socially disadvantaged women.

We Must Declare a Non-Violent Revolution

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

Are we so complacent that we feel we do not need to demand gender equality? Many women are convinced there is equality between men and women. But this simply is not true. Here are the facts on the matter.

Simple Solutions Save Women's Lives in Afghanistan

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shannon Galpin

No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss.

The Test of Political Leadership: Valuing Maternal Health

Ernest Bai Koroma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ernest Bai Koroma

We know from our own experience as presidents that progress on women's health and rights does not happen without political leaders who are willing to take risks. We call on all leaders to take such a risk now.

Sierra Leone's Model for Improving Maternal Health and Women's Rights

Mary Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Robinson

As the world moves toward review of the Millennium Development Goals, other nations should take a closer look at the success of Sierra Leone's maternal health program and commit to apply its lessons around the world.

Bangladesh: Development Star?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

Bangladesh will no doubt be a UN "development star." But it still has a long way to go when it comes to saving women's lives, and showing the rest of the world how to achieve the most critical of the Millenium Development Goals.

Mother's Day: A Countdown to Make Mother's Day Every Day

Theresa Shaver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Theresa Shaver

We know what to do to save women's lives. Countries with dramatic decreases in maternal deaths are those where more girls are educated and more women access high quality health care and services.

Is Having a Baby Bad for Your Health?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Most American women might presume that the dangers of maternal mortality are a concern and problem only in developing nations. They're wrong.

Show Us the Money

Aruna Kashyap | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aruna Kashyap

Wondering what to give your mother for Mother's Day? Flowers? A dinner out? Well, the leaders of the G8, who are meeting in Halifax before Mother's ...

Can A Video Save Lives?

Janet Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janet Walsh

Human Rights Watch's In Silence: Maternal Mortality in India tells the story of Kiran Yadav, a 25-year-old Indian woman who died needlessly while giving birth to her third child.