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Young People: Our Present and Our Future

Katja Iversen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

More than a dozen of Women Deliver's Young Leaders attended the PMNCH Partners' Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nelson Mandela once said: "...

Integrating Health Care Systems To Save Lives

Dr. Chewe Luo | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Chewe Luo

Healthy women and healthy babies build healthy communities. We all know this. But we also know that many of the systems in place to keep women and children healthy are fragmented and don't adequately address the needs of those they are built to serve.

Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns A Fighting Chance To Survive And Thrive

Katie Taylor | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Katie Taylor

This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give newborns a fighting chance to survive and thrive during the most perilous period of life -- during delivery and the post-natal period when prematurity, asphyxia and infection pose grave threats to their survival.

Simple Solutions to Global Problems: How Two Medicines Promise Life for Mothers and Infants in Nigeria

Joel Lamstein | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Joel Lamstein

Each year, 1-in-5 women, equivalent to over one million births in Nigeria--are completely alone when they deliver their children, whether for logistical or cultural reasons.

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.

Notes From The Rahim Yar Khan District: An Interview With SickKids' Dr. Shaun Morris

Baby Hero | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Baby Hero

In this district, roughly 700 kilometers northeast of Karachi, more than half of all women give birth at home, and 42 out of every 1,000 newborns do not survive their first 28 days of life.

Beyoncé Gave A Donation To A TED Fellow That Could Save 1,900 Babies

TED Blog | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

Jane Chen knew that, for her infant warmer to save lives, moms would need to be the evangelists for the device. But she had no idea that one of the wo...

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

Mary Higgins | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

Smart Collaboration: Working Together To Improve Maternal, Newborn And Child Health

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Smart collaboration is about working together to improve health outcomes for vulnerable, underserved and marginalized women and children in resource-poor environments. Although uniting in coalition toward collective action is not always easy, it allows us to learn from each other and leverage our strengths to improve the lives of women and children globally.

Forget the Magic Bullets: We Can Save Millions of Lives With Basic First Steps

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There is still much to do -- millions of lives to save and people to make healthy. Bill Gates believes his beloved downward red line can dip below "well below a million" in his lifetime, and we agree.

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

Fatima Shahryar | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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?