Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
When governments have evidence, they are better placed to develop health policies and programmes.
Research in Ghana, India and Kenya shows that more women experience subtle forms of undignified care than they do physical and verbal abuse during childbirth.
Home visits as part of community-based schemes to women during and after pregnancy can improve the health of mothers and babies.
Research shows that women in Africa are more likely to die as a result of complications related to C-sections.
The gaps in African government are twofold: governance and education. It is important to focus on both areas to bring about overall improvements.
If women don't have access to quality emergency surgery, they can develop dibilitating complications such as fistula.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
A new movie about a female ghost has scared millions in Indonesia. Female ghosts have been center stage in Indonesian folklore and their stories can serve as a warning to the state of women today.
There are two common medications that prevent preterm birth – and poor black women often can't access either one.
Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren't able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources.
A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
An index developed to gauge progress towards the sustainable development goals and their targets shows that nine of the world's worst performing countries are in Africa.
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.
In a bid to improve health care in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has made several promises in the last three years. Some have materialised faster than others.
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.
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Fathers have an important role to play beyond financial support. Research shows they play an invaluable role in maternal, infant and child health.