A pregnant woman's immune response may be a risk factor for some neurological conditions like autism and schizophrenia in the baby later on.
Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.
We don't know much about fear during childbirth and its effects on outcomes for women and their newborns in the United States.
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.
An environment rife with shame is a fertile breeding ground for conflict: pitting mother against mother.
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.
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.
Standards for prenatal care for incarcerated women vary from state to state, and when care is available, the quality might not be adequate.
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 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 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.
Why the way we gather influential data on diet is inherently flawed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fathers have an important role to play beyond financial support. Research shows they play an invaluable role in maternal, infant and child health.
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.
Science has had a crucial role in helping to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. But there's much more to do.
Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.