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New York Magazine

Collier Meyerson

5 March 2019

New York, United States

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Birth and pregnancy coaches lessen the disproportionately high risk of death from complications in maternal care suffered by black women in the United States. Women in states that provide consultation with a doula, a ...

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Malcolm Burnley

4 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Riverside Correction Facility in Philadelphia has implemented a program that allows incarcerated new mothers the opportunity to both learn about the benefits of maintaining breast milk supply, and also provide it for ...

The New Yorker

Tom Vanderbilt

4 February 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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DIY solutions can overcome the scarcity of medical resources in developing countries and save lives. A simple solution such as replacing expensive uterine balloons with more readily accessible condoms has already help...

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Mattie Quinn

21 December 2018

New York, United States

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Studies have shown that hiring a doula to be present during pregnancy can have significant benefits that contributes to childbirth success rates. To expand access, New York has become the third state that will allow w...

The New York Times

Margot Sanger-Katz

18 December 2018

Delaware, United States

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Delaware has a new statewide program to ask women of childbearing age if they are planning on getting pregnant in the next year during a primary care visit and to discuss birth control options if the answer is no. The...

Nigerian Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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11 December 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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A new three year program is educating, training, and deploying midwives to six northern Nigerian states. This influx of midwives has helped to ensure safe deliveries as well as provide women with perinatal and antenat...

A Beautiful Perspective

B. David Zarley

26 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Positive touch through human contact is a crucial for newborn babies, especially those that have to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit, but parents often can't provide it on a 24/7 schedule. Trained volunteer ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

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16 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Moms In Recovery is a New Hampshire-based program providing team-based comprehensive care for pregnant women in recovery from substance use disorder. Women in the program receive therapy, obstetric services, and prima...

Nigerian Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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7 November 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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Through ‘child spacing’ strategies, Nigerian health centers have helped women gain greater autonomy and have increased planning about the size of their family. Nurses discuss child spacing with women during antenatal ...

Nigerian Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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16 October 2018

Sokoto, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Chlorhexidine gel has been successfully used to ensure healthy births and avoid newborn babies from having often fatal infections around their umbilical cord. The use of this gel—as well as the end of potentially harm...

Nigerian Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

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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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Idrissa Sane

16 June 2018

Senegal

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A digital platform, called Hope, allows medical clinics in Senegal to track the amount of blood in their blood banks in real time and reaches out to donors via SMS to encourage them to donate every few months. When a ...

Bright Magazine

Jackie Mader

2 May 2018

Tampa, Florida, United States

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The U.S. has a higher rate of infant mortality than any other developed nation. In Hillsborough County, Florida, a home visitation program coupled with extensive social services available to new mothers has cut the ra...

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Lillian Namusoke Magezi

3 April 2018

Iganga, Iganga District, Uganda

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Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) Clinic is taking a youth centered approach towards teaching reproductive health. Their methods, which include having youth days, hiring youth peer counselors, and providing private roo...

Nigerian Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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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...

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Abigail Haworth

19 March 2018

Dedza District, Malawi

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Since beginning office Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, tribal ruler of the Dedza District in central Malawi had one mission: To end child marriages. “In 2017 alone, the chief annulled some 200 child marriages in he...

Nigerian Health Watch

NIgerian Health Watch

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...

The New York Times

Miriam Zoila Perez

14 February 2018

Winter Garden, Florida, United States

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A Florida clinic has achieved success caring for pregnant women from traditionally marginalized communities and helping them deliver healthy babies. The clinic’s care is distinguished by access for women with all type...

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Fi Glover

11 February 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal, a revolutionary volunteer program called the “Female Community Health Volunteers” has led the country to drastically decline the number of women that die giving childbirth. Over 50,000 volunteers look after ...

News Deeply

Didem Tali

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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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Miles Bryan

22 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Income inequality and limited access to healthcare contribute to high rates of infant mortality in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. The University of Illinois has partnered with the Cuban Ministry of Public Heal...

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Odette Chalaby

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15 December 2017

Mexico

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The CASA school in Guanajuato was founded to train midwives and advocate for their role during childbirth. CASA's students receive an education in modern medicine as well as traditional practices, with the goal of bei...

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Michelle Chifamba

14 December 2017

Zimbabwe

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Family planning is crucial to fighting against poverty. However, many women cannot afford contraceptives. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities is now supporting the Zimbabwe government to provide women wi...

Al Jazeera

Claudia Bellante

3 December 2017

Tijuana, Mexico

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Pregnant women at the US-Mexico border are often living in hard conditions and facing obstetric violence at public hospitals or being pushed into c-sections at private clinics. 'Parteras Fronterizas' offers an alterna...

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