Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
Measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 may worsen the already poor access to quality maternal health services in parts of the continent.
Verbal and physical abuse appeared to be an expression of both helplessness and an exercise of power.
Understanding the drivers of early childbearing in specific contexts is important for effective policy making.
Having a baby is stressful enough without also having to process misinformation. Here are the facts from the WHO, experts and the research evidence.
With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
Over 60% of girls in Ethiopia are married by the age of 18. Many don't have support in negotiating with their husbands and families to take control of their own fertility.
Women with diabetes are at high risk of pregnancy complications. But there is a lot women can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Fat shaming is harmful to all women, but pregnant women face a particular danger. Shaming affects not only their health but also that of their children.
Understanding how pregnancy changes some of the body's fundamental systems could help treat cancer and other diseases.
Those who claim that Scheer’s positions on a woman’s right to choose and a same-sex couple’s right to marry are irrelevant so long as he refuses to reopen debate are missing the point.
Milk and cookies might be a famous combination, but there's little evidence so-called lactation biscuits can promote milk flow in breastfeeding mothers.
Supporting mums in prison and whose babies are in care to breastfeed has benefits for mums, their children and wider society.
Research shows fainting in pregnancy may be associated with medical problems for the child at birth and heart conditions in the mother post delivery.
When there is no "village" to help raise a child, parents often turn to baby books for guidance — but they don't always hold the best advice.
As we celebrate moms this Mother’s Day, let's remember that maternal health is a right that many do not enjoy.
Mothers are told to stop breastfeeding when taking certain medications – even if they won't harm their baby.
Home visits as part of community-based schemes to women during and after pregnancy can improve the health of mothers and babies.
Supporting women to have a labour companion or doula of their choice during childbirth has benefits for women and their babies. It could be especially important for women from migrant backgrounds.
Breastfeeding is not a logical choice based on some health benefit but an urge, an instinct.