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Newborn Health

Community Action To Save And Improve The Lives Of Mothers And Their Children

Fatima Shahryar | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Fatima Shahryar

Life seemed to have lost its meaning for Zareena Bibi. Her babies died, one after the other, very soon after they were born. Her family had become distant, and she too became convinced that God was unhappy with her. Access to a doctor changed Zareena's life.

Antibacterial Products: More Harm Than Good

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Wartman

Make it a priority to avoid all antibacterial products -- including that antibacterial soap you thought would keep you and your kids from getting the flu. Good old fashioned soap and water works just fine.

Will Genetic Testing Soon Be A Delivery Room Standard?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

Researchers will spend $25 million in federal funds over the next five years assessing the effectiveness and ethical implications of making genetic te...

17 States Still Don't Require This Life Saving Test For Newborns

Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents

Here's the bad news: congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects in newborns, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...

Keeping Promises to Women and Children: PMNCH 2013 Report on Global Strategy Commitments

Carole Presern | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

A new report gives us hope. More organizations, governments and the private sector are making commitments to improve women's and children's health every year, and those commitments are being followed up with real action.

Baby Injuries From Tight Clothing

Robin Wilson | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Robin Wilson

It is my hope that continuing to raise awareness of this issue will force baby clothing manufacturers to make true infant sizes and to limit the use of such tight rubber and elastic.

Tiny Hands and Big Smiles: Faces From Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Edna Adan University Hospital is a nonprofit facility that provides care to expectant mothers and their babies regardless of their ability to pay. We want to say thanks to the hundreds of people who have donated generously to Edna's hospital in the RaiseForWomen Challenge.

State Of The World's Mothers Report 2013 Identifies Best And Worst Countries To Be A Mother

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact

Save the Children released its 14th annual State of the World's Mothers (SOTWM) report: 'Surviving the First Day.' This year's edition focuses on t...

3 Reasons We Need to Keep Talking About Newborn Health

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Being a mom is hard work. I only have one child, but as he grows life just seems to become busier and busier. He is now at full time preschool, starti...

Tips for Bringing Your Newborn Home

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

A new baby is a time of transition for families. Use these tips to help everyone make a smooth adjustment to the newest member in your family. [Sou...

Save the Children Calls for Increased Breastfeeding in First Hour After Birth

Jennifer James | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Jennifer James

Some 830,000 babies' lives can be saved worldwide if they are breastfed within the critical first hour after birth. Babies who are breastfed within the very first hour after birth are three times more likely to survive than if they are breastfed a day after birth.

World Prematurity Day: Let's Change the Face of Preterm Birth

Carole Presern | Posted 01.17.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

Unfortunately, premature birth is all too common: more than 1 in 10 babies are born too soon, amounting to 15 million preterm births per year. It's a truly global problem.

A New Study Says We Can't Prevent Most Preterm Births, So What Now?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

A new study out today makes it clear that training and equipping health workers to care for preterm babies is the key to saving the 1.1 million such babies who die every year. That's because we still know very little about how to prevent babies from being born too soon.

Will You Join Our Conversation on Women's and Children's Health?

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

As I reflect back on what I learned this year about the progress and the challenges in women's and children's health, I'm struck by the fact that we don't need to wait for the solutions. We have them.

Scaling Impact to Save Lives

Melinda Gates | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

2011-11-02-Screenshot20111102at12.18.34PM.jpg The fact that almost 8 million children still die each year highlights the tremendous amount of work that lies ahead. How will we continue to bring this number down?

Women Deliver Promises Hope Around the World

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tamar Abrams

In a cavernous convention center in the heart of the Nation's Capitol, thousands of people have gathered to celebrate the role of women in the well-be...

International Women's Day: The Enormous Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Pregnancy Related Care

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

This year International Women's Day coincides with the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic...

Leading the Way to Make Mothers Day Every Day

Donna E. Shalala | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna E. Shalala

Progress is being made to save the lives of mothers and newborns around the world. Still, every minute, a woman dies of complications in pregnancy and childbirth.