While sepsis is considered to be a preventable cause of maternal death, it continues to be a major cause of women dying during or after childbirth, even in Australia.
Every year, seven in ten maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. A study examining sub-Saharan Africa’s largest metropolis find that inequalities in access play a key role.
Nigeria must prioritise investment in education, health and infrastructure to harness the opportunities of its huge population.
More attention should be given to the oral health of women during the reproductive years, in particular those who have many children.
Maternal mental health conditions are a reflection of harmful social and economic factors that plague women in general.
The factors associated with death in mother and baby included low education in the mother, lack of antenatal care, referral from another facility.
The direct effects of COVID-19 disease on pregnant women, newborns and children are acknowledged. But the indirect effects of the pandemic have been equally devastating.
For every maternal death, there are about an additional 20 women who suffer serious injuries, infections and disabilities related to pregnancy.
When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Rage is a part of human motherhood, sandwiched between grief and shame. But it can be harnessed to build a better world.
Urban poverty is having an adverse impact on the health of mothers and children.
There is growing evidence that when poor-quality oxytocin is used, it fails to prevent post-partum haemorrhage.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Financial barriers still prevent many families from getting the health services they need.
Pregnant women and mothers of infants are at a higher risk of experiencing depression because of increased pressures they face economically, in their relationships, with their families, and socially.
In light of mounting research showing the serious risks of contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy, the CDC is re-upping its urgency that pregnant women get their shots.
Carrying a pregnancy to term is riskier than having an abortion, especially for non-Hispanic Black women.
Using data from the popular navigation app, researchers have pinpointed the areas of Lagos, Nigeria, where emergency obstetric care is most needed.
The average Nigerian woman or child faces a host of hindrances in accessing health services.
Relying on donor funding means that the funder ultimately determines the health priorities. This is one reason why many programmes in Africa focus on a single disease such as HIV.
Fathers who attend antenatal care may be keen to support the well being of their partners and children, but are left unengaged and often disappointed.