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Midwives can deliver many of the interventions needed to address maternal and newborn health problems. Midwives can deliver many of the interventions needed to address maternal and newborn health problems. Flickr/eGuide Travel

Meeting goals for improved maternal health in Myanmar

As a regional neighbour to Myanmar, the Commonwealth government has recognised Australia has a responsibility – and the capacity – to help alleviate poverty in the developing nation. Australia is also…
Australian Aboriginals are at most risk of bad physical and mental health and they have the worst health services in the country. Australian Aboriginals are at most risk of bad physical and mental health and they have the worst health services in the country. publik16/Flickr

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians. And this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders…
Maternity services often become fragmented after women have given birth. Maternity services often become fragmented after women have given birth. David/Flickr

We need to protect new mothers from trauma and suicide

Research we have just published shows the deaths of 48 of the 129 women in New South Wales who died during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth were due to suicide and trauma. It suggests mothers…
Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Flickr/Roberto Carlos Pecino

Effects of prenatal stress can affect children into adulthood

If we want to understand child development, we need to start before birth. We have known for decades that health depends on an interaction between our genes and our environment. But we’ve also come to…
BBC’s The White Queen set to feature 15th Century birth scene, when female midwives were the norm. BBC’s The White Queen set to feature 15th Century birth scene, when female midwives were the norm. BBC

Drunken midwives and snooty surgeons: a short history of giving birth

The history of childbirth and midwifery has seen some dramatic changes, not only in new medical discoveries that vastly improved the safety of both mother and baby but also in social trends and the way…
With inadequate resources, it’s as difficult to deliver choice as babies. With inadequate resources, it’s as difficult to deliver choice as babies. Flickr: David Swift Photography

50 years on, we’re still fighting for women’s childbirth rights

For decades there has been a struggle between those arguing for women’s wishes to come first when it comes to childbirth and those who believe that a healthy baby is the only important consideration…
Research has shown benefits to mothers and babies when fathers are involved. Research has shown benefits to mothers and babies when fathers are involved. Pixabay

Some pregnant women missing benefits from involved dads

We all have different expectations about how involved dads should be during pregnancy and childbirth. In the UK, it’s generally seen as a good thing and research is now beginning to show that it matters…
Home birth isn’t going away – and time is running out to solve the insurance dilemma. Home birth isn’t going away – and time is running out to solve the insurance dilemma. Flickr/hubeRsen

Pushing home birth underground raises safety concerns

Women have the right to determine what happens to their bodies; and this includes where and how they give birth. But from July 2013, private midwives may not be able to legally provide their services to…
We may be permanently programmed by our response to adverse environments during pre-natal life. We may be permanently programmed by our response to adverse environments during pre-natal life. storyvillegirl/Flickr

Where we come from determines how we fare – the fetal origins of adult disease

Non-communicable diseases – William Ledger discusses the impact of fetal health on the development of NCDs. We like to think that we are, to a greater or lesser extent, the masters of our own destiny…

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Child and maternal deaths dramatically decline

The UN Millennium Development Goals accelerated a decline in child and maternal deaths on a global scale after being adopted…