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Maternal Mortality

How Ebola Impedes Women's Empowerment in West Africa

Megan Foo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

It is patently clear that Ebola is injurious not just to women's physical health, but to their education, safety and economic well-being.

Preterm Birth: Forging The Path To Prevention

Eve Lackritz | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Eve Lackritz

Today, we face the post-2015 challenge of preterm birth in the same way that we once faced the other leading causes of child mortality two decades ago, challenges with limited solutions and against great odds.

The Feminist Lutheran Pastor

Phil Latessa | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Phil Latessa

"We want to be trained to give good care to our pregnant women and their babies. We want to save the lives of those women who have problems delivering their babies," said Mama Maria, the elder woman at Nadaruru, and possessor of great moral authority.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Midwives are Priceless. Here's Why.

Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE

In order for US women to have access to midwives who are educated and able to provide high-quality, high-value care, a workforce transformation must take place. We need a government willing to invest in women.

Families Rising Up: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since January 1, 2013, through my work at the Pollination Project, I've been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

The "Celebrity Couples" Of Global Health And Development

Leith Greenslade | Posted 10.02.2014 | 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.

Time to Deliver Better Care to the World's Mothers

Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD

In just a few months, the new year will usher in the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a series of eight goals created by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 intended to aid international growth and improvement.

Brazil's Inventive Solution To Save Newborns: Breast Milk Banks

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.

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.

The Beauty of OB

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

When we see a baby born, we observe a flood of emotions from every single person in the room. At that moment, no matter what the situation is, that family's life changes forever.

Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

Dr. Susan Stone | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Susan Stone

We have a tendency to rely on life-saving, last-minute efforts to turn around a person's health. These strategies are often unsuccessful and always extremely costly. They usually do not result in a lifetime improvement in health.

Securing the Right to Motherhood in Uganda Through Safe Birthing Projects

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

In Uganda around sixteen women die giving birth each day. The urgency to combat high maternal mortality is critical given that women give birth to on average seven children, the third highest in the world.

The Time Is Now To Take Action To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Fifteen years ago, a group of world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commit to a vision of a better future. ...

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

Birthing in the Gambia: Educate, Empower and Enable

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

The BIG Project was established in 2011 to provide higher grade maternal care to combat the high maternal mortality rates in the Gambia through its motto: Educate, Empower and Enable.

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

Misleading Evidence: Why Maternal Mortality Rates In The U.S. Are Not Plummeting

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

More than twice and three times as many mothers die now as did in 1996. Currently, about 800 women in the United States and 287,000 women globally die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. That's one woman dying every two minutes from complications we know how to prevent.

Living Miracles: Celebrating Child and Maternal Survival in Washington

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Many parts of the world have yet to experience the transformation that modern medicine and better public health can bring, but there is rapid progress and very reasonable hope that we will soon live in a world where all families experience this miraculous change.

Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be In The Heart Of Decision-Making

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

I know from my experience as a midwife and an academic that midwifery is the best value option for delivering high-quality maternal and newborn care. By a long way, investing in well-educated midwives can give a 16-fold return on investment.

Anna Almendrala

This Is The Deadliest Industrialized Country For Pregnant Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents

American maternal mortality rates rose over a 20-year period at a rate that places the U.S. in the company of war-torn countries like Afghanistan and ...

Global Issues Are Connected to Local Issues

K. Sujata | Posted 07.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Both internationally and domestically, maternal health is at the center of concern, especially as we near the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals that focus on preventable child and maternal deaths.

A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.