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Edward Siddons

22 January 2019

California, United States

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Steps toward preventing maternal mortality – a problem that plagues women worldwide – are being made. A handful of policies, including using data-informed approaches, providing access to doulas, and addressing racial ...

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Nasibo Kabale

17 December 2018

Mandera, Mandera County, Kenya

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Two regions within Kenya, Mandera and Isiolo, have made significant strides in reducing their rate of maternal mortality cases. Both counties employed similar tactics, such as improving facility quality, increasing th...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 November 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The Birth Through Eight Strategy in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers social services, such as in-home postpartum visits, as a way to bridge the gap often created by the city’s social and racial divide. Not only does this impact...

Daily Nation

Aggrey Omboki

13 November 2018

Kenya

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Medical innovations in maternal and child health could save thousands of lives in Africa if more governments adopted them. A Kenyan doctor with an international nonprofit that works to transform global health through ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 October 2018

Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria

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The Nigerian state of Oyo has a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 24%, which is the highest in the country compared to the national average of 10.8%. This can be attributed to family planning services bro...

Business Daily

Angela Oketch

21 October 2018

Kenya

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A mentorship program in Kenya has proven effective at slashing rates of HIV transmission to infants and reducing stigma surrounding the illness. Mentor mothers offer support and education to HIV-positive pregnant wome...

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Julia Migné

15 October 2018

England

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People are working to bring the trauma of stillbirth into the mainstream so they can heal. From full length feature movies to legislation that includes stillbirth in the qualifications for bereavement leave, people ar...

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Rebecca Ballan

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In Brooklyn, along with 2 other locations in New York, new mothers are receiving free lactation consultations, helping them to learn how to breastfeed their babies - but also building a sense of community for these mo...

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Chloe Reichel

11 September 2018

California, United States

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The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative brought a diverse group of people together to address maternal mortality by increasing education around preeclampsia and hemorrhage. The group tracked data and used t...

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A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

7 September 2018

District of Columbia, United States

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Mamatoto Village is a maternal health group that offers services to women of color. The aim of the group is to address racial inequality in healthcare and level the playing field to give women of color access to servi...

Daily Nation

Aggrey Omboki

6 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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A hospital in Nairobi, Kenya is setting up the country's first breast milk bank with help from the government and an NGO to ensure infants get breast milk even if their mothers cannot provide it. The World Health Orga...

ProPublica

Annie Waldman

30 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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To combat racial disparities in maternal health care, New York is funding a partnership program between the city and communities to improve maternal healthcare for women of color. Both public and private hospitals wil...

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Renee Montagne

29 July 2018

Pomona, California, United States

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A collaborative of California hospitals has developed standard procedures for situations that threaten a mother’s life during childbirth as well as a “toolkit” of everything staff need for a rapid response. As a resul...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

16 July 2018

Abuja, Nigeria

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Throughout rural parts of Nigeria, health care services are often out of reach, putting pregnant women at risk of undergoing an unsafe childbirth experience. Although not without limitations, training women in these a...

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Hayley Prokos

13 July 2018

Illinois, United States

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A new Illinois law allows postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis to affect sentencing. This could reduce jail time and additional psychological trauma for women who suffer these ailments. Illinois is the first...

NPR

Selena Simmons-Duffin

11 June 2018

District of Columbia, United States

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In some D.C. neighborhoods with high rates of teen pregnancy, schools are stepping in with more than just school nurses; dedicated midwives have conversations with students, educating students, providing birth control...

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Evelyne Makena

15 April 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Gertrude Children's Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya has a new telemedicine program that allows pediatric specialists to consult on cases in rural areas of Kenya. Specialists can hold consults with patients via webcam to h...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

26 March 2018

Madadi, Kebbi, Nigeria

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A small farming community in Nigeria attracted the attention of local and state governments as well as NGOs when they built themselves a two room primary school in 2003. With additional funding from many actors, the c...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

1 March 2018

Nigeria

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Nigerian women account for an outsized proportion of maternal deaths worldwide, many of which were caused by preventable problems such as post-partum hemorrhaging (PPH). A study of providers found that oxytocin was be...

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Didem Tali

11 January 2018

Mongolia

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By increasing access to maternal clinics and embracing innovations in medical telecommunications technology, Mongolia has dramatically decreased deaths related to pregnancy and birth. With many people living in remote...

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Mary Annette Pember

5 January 2018

United States

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It is exceptionally difficult for indigenous people in Canada and the United States to receive culturally competent care from non-Native providers. A series of efforts focused on maternal care and the role of midwives...

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Jack Graham

6 November 2017

United States

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Investing in home-visit programs provides crucial support to low income, first time mothers and reduces overall government healthcare costs. The Nurse-Family Partnership, in coordination with the US Department of Heal...

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Emily Dech

9 September 2017

Richland, Ohio, United States

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Ohio news organization, Richland Source, threw a community-wide baby shower to learn more about maternal health and provide expecting parents with resources and information. The community engagement initiative used gr...

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Julia Belluz

29 June 2017

California, United States

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The USA is seeing rising maternal mortality rates in recent years. It shows higher rates than most developed countries, in part due to the country's lack of attention to women's health. California is reversing this tr...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

9 June 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them ...

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