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The New York Times

Jack Graham

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26 June 2019

Lake First Nation, Ontario, Canada

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When the opioid crisis hit indigenous communities throughout North America, solutions that were working in urban areas, weren't available to these isolated, rural regions. To combat the crisis specifically as it relat...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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24 June 2019

Fuka, Niger, Nigeria

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Access to medical resources improves the effectiveness of health centers. In the village of Fuka, in Nigeria’s Niger State, NGOs such as the RAiSE Foundation and TY Danjuma Foundation have stepped in to support the lo...

The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller

4 June 2019

Sweden

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New mothers are often overwhelmed once they leave the supports of a hospital and find themselves home alone with a newborn. In Sweden, a new law that allowed the other parent to take a month's worth of time off to hel...

Apolitical

Amelia Axelsen

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22 March 2019

Punjab, Pakistan

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To combat holding the record for the world's most dire infant mortality rate, Pakistan is placing efforts on increasing paternal supports before, during and after childbirth through the implementation of a hotline. Di...

Model D

Melinda Clynes

19 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Despite offering services for expectant mothers, Detroit's infant mortality and less-than-adequate prenatal care rates are both negative outliers when it comes to Michigan's statewide statistics for those figures. Rea...

Bhekisisa

Emanuela Zuccalà

18 March 2019

Bonthe Island, Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has long been battling a childbirth crisis due to a decade-long civil war that devastated the health care system, and it is especially apparent in the remote region of Bonthe Island. A series of partnersh...

Concentrate

Sarah Rigg

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6 March 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Prison Doula Initiative seeks to provide pregnant women experiencing incarceration the support and care they need to maintain physical and mental health before, during, and after giving birth. The initiat...

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 ...

NPR

Alison Kodjak

18 February 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Despite many medical advances in obstetrics, there is still little understanding around what causes pre-mature labor and how to successfully stop it. Doctors and researchers in New York City are working to change this...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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18 February 2019

Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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At Enrique Baltodano Hospital healthcare providers are working on improving patient experiences by implementing patient-centered care. From making surgery preparations more enjoyable for children to offering an array ...

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...

Next City

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 York Times

Claire Cain Miller

25 January 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the United States, parental leave is set at 12 weeks, but many companies have begun pursuing other possibilities such as paid time and more time for both mothers and fathers. Most recently, however, the Bill and Me...

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Edward Siddons

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22 January 2019

California, United States

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From lack of access to a hospital to lack of understanding around human rights, maternal mortality is a problem plaguing women worldwide. However, a handful of policies that directly target these issues have been imp...

Governing

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...

Business Daily

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...

Nigeria 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...

Nigeria 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 ...

Nigeria 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...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

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9 October 2018

Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

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Medical professionals travel to remote areas of Nigeria with little access to family planning or maternal health care to hand out resources such as condoms or birth control and to train villages' Traditional Birth Att...

Nigeria 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...

AzerNews

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 ...

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