Indigenous women who smoke are well aware of the risks for their babies and want to do something about it.
Almost half of pregnant Indigenous women smoke compared to one in eight in the non-Indigenous population. This means 7,000-9,000 Indigenous babies every year are exposed to smoking in the womb.
We need to actively build a mother culture grounded in safety and acceptance.
An environment rife with shame is a fertile breeding ground for conflict: pitting mother against mother.
Women in Africa have poor access to emergency obstetric care during childbirth.
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.
Sixteen women die in Uganda every day during child birth in instances that could be avoided.
The cases of two women who died in childbirth in two different parts of Uganda are being used in a Constitutional Court battle forcing the government to fulfill its healthcare obligations.
It’s estimated that 3 to 4 percent of women are pregnant when they arrive at prison.
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Standards for prenatal care for incarcerated women vary from state to state, and when care is available, the quality might not be adequate.
Long, often arduous walks are common for women in Ethiopia seeking health care.
It's impossible to think about maternal health in Ethiopia without thinking about the time and distance between where rural women live and where the government constructs health facilities.
Africa’s maternal mortality rates are the highest in the world.
Africa faces the monumental task of reducing its maternal deaths by three-quarters if it is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals around maternal mortality.
The death of an unborn baby is a devastating and traumatic event.
The death of a baby, whether born or unborn, is a devastating and traumatic event. More than 2,000 stillbirths occur every year in Australia. But a large number of them can be prevented.
Sedentary lifestyle is a more important driver of obesity.
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Why the way we gather influential data on diet is inherently flawed.
No mother wants to pass a disease to her child.
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New York’s achievements have provided a beacon of hope as well as a road map that has been successfully tailored to the needs of resource-poor settings throughout the world.
Exclusive breastfeeding until children are six months old is recommended by the World Health Organisation for optimal growth of infants.
In 12 years Kenya has managed to dramatically improve its exclusive breastfeeding rates from 13% to 61%. The success has not come without challenges, and some persist.
Every year, more than 20,000 babies are stillborn in South Africa.
For South Africa to reduce its stillbirth rate in line with its international pledges, it will have to scale up its several of its maternal health programmes.
The World Health Organisation has declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.
There are many lessons Southern Africa can learn from Cuba, which became the first country in the world to eradicate mother to child transmissions of HIV and syphilis.
Men can play a valuable role in maternal, infant and child health.
Fathers have an important role to play beyond financial support. Research shows they play an invaluable role in maternal, infant and child health.
One of the tenets that make universal health care effective is the provision of quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health that is accessible to the entire population.
The concept of Universal Health Coverage is the new focus post-2015. If implemented properly, it could remedy some of the disparities in health care.
The MDG for eradicating poverty and hunger has been helped through new high-yielding varieties of rice (right) that can withstand drought in Africa.
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Science has had a crucial role in helping to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. But there's much more to do.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother.
Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
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