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How Community Health Workers Dramatically Improve Healthcare

The Atlantic

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Popular in some countries and catching on in the U.S., community health workers fill gaping holes in care. The workers help curb health care costs by preventing complicated disease and emergency room visits.

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A circle of moms: MAHEC finds success with group care model

Citizen-Times

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Expecting mothers, especially young ones, can often feel scared and unprepared about the pregnancy process. Maternity meeting groups help them gain more support and knowledge about their future pregnancies.

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For Mothers-to-Be, Finding Health Care in a Group

The New York Times

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To educate and prepare new mothers, Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting sites in the United States offer community-based patient-centered care in low-income areas. Centering offers interactive learning, check-ups, and social support, so that women can take charge of their health.

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For some, prenatal care is a community affair

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Latin American women in San Francisco have suffered from post-partum depression, social isolation, and chronic stress at the time of their pregnancies. Run by midwives, the Centering Pregnancy program at the San Francisco General Hospital provides patient-centered care, an environment to speak in...

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Nepal's Renegade Strategy to Save Mothers

Foreign Policy

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In Nepal, a controversial drug is proving to be effective in saving mother's lives. It's the only shelf-stable, easy-to-administer solution to curbing postpartum hemorrhage. In trials, misoprostol is shown to save the lives of women who live far from medical care facilities. Since Nepal allowed ...

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In Bangladesh, Grassroots Efforts to End Violence Against Women

Voice of America (VOA)

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A non-profit in Bangladesh is fighting domestic violence by having female and especially male Bangladeshi volunteers give sexual education and women's rights classes.

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New programs aim to save lives of American moms in childbirth

Deseret News

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The United States has the highest mother mortality rates of any developed country. Through a clinic on wheels, Merck for Mothers is giving prenatal check-ups to low-income pregnant women in Philadelphia and curbing deaths related to childbirth.

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In Delivery Rooms, Reducing Births of Convenience

The New York Times

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The rate of cesarean sections is on the rise in the United States, despite the higher risks of hysterectomy, hemorrhage, and infection, as well as the elevated expense. Evidence-based medicine suggests decreasing C-sections, which is what San Francisco General’s maternity ward does well. Their so...

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India's Golden Chance

Virginia Quarterly Review

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Pathfinder International is a global organization that educates the poor in more than twenty countries on matters of reproductive health. In India, where many girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood, this education could be a key step toward freedom and equality.

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Infant Deaths Drop After Midwives Undergo Inexpensive Training

The New York Times

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Providing simple training to midwives in Zambia has resulted in a statistically significant decline in infant mortality. A small pilot project costing only $20,244 saved the lives of an estimated 97 infants.

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