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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

NPR

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Child mortality rates are decreasing in Afghanistan due to more readily available basic health care, more effective vaccinations, and locally-trained volunteer health workers.

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Changing Course

The Connecticut Mirror

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the ...

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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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Making the Text-to-Mom Connection

The New York Times

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Text4baby is a free service that sends text messages to pregnant women, and new mothers to provide them with useful tips to keep themselves and their babies healthy. This solution involves many different types of organizations such as for-profit health care providers, nonprofit community groups, ...

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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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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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Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

The New York Times

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Reducing cases of early birth deliveries shouldn’t have been hard — at least, they should have been easier to change than many other harmful practices. But it was - until hospitals started introducing models for change, creating accountability and changing payment systems.

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Prison Born

The Atlantic

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More women are being incarcerated around the United States and that has spurred more institutions to create prison nurseries, which allow women to be with their newborns. It's not a new idea, but it's finding support among prison advocates as well as budget hawks because research shows nurseries ...

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