Obesity is on the rise among urban African women of reproductive age in all of the 24 countries studied.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Although the number of children conceived through in vitro fertilisation born with abnormalities remains extremely low, a recent study in Kenya shows that the risk of genetic disorders is higher.
Human milk banks play an important role in ensuring the safe supply of breast milk. This is made available to babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both baby and mother. But it can also can be difficult to sustain exclusively without support.
Strong political support, community engagement and effective strategies can improve access to family planning in developing countries.
Our statistical analysis found that as the sex ratio at birth went up -- that is, more males were born -- so did life expectancy in a strongly related manner.
More than two million women across the world suffer from obstetric fistula – a hole in the birth canal that makes them incontinent – but this can be avoided.