Planned early delivery is a key component of reducing child and maternal mortality.
A premature infant receives care at Koidu Government Hospital in Kono, Sierra Leone.
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The last decade has seen no measurable change in global preterm birth rates in any region of the world.
What are the risks and benefits of having labour induced?
Our study is the first to conclusively show the link between pregnancy loss and stroke risk.
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We owe it to Aboriginal people living near uranium mines to learn more about what’s making them sick.
In this November 2019 photo, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stands beside her husband at a Remembrance Day ceremony. She’s among high-profile women to go public with her miscarriage.
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Employees who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth are more likely to quit their jobs and suffer from impaired work performance. Pregnancy loss is not just a personal issue, but a workplace issue.
‘Catching a baby’ or caring for new parents on Christmas Day is special, midwives say. But Christmas can also be a vulnerable time for many women, especially so during a pandemic.
Grandparents grieve for their child and their stillborn grandchild, a grief we need to acknowledge.
The world’s first study of how grandmothers experience the death of their stillborn grandchild exposes a unique kind of grief. But there are many ways we can support them.
Up to half of stillbirths happen unexpectedly and a clear cause is never identified.
A Senate Report has put forward 16 recommendations to reduce rates of stillbirth in Australia targeting a 20% reduction in the rate within three years. We can do this by focusing on five practices.
Sharing about tragedy online can help people feel less alone.
How do women decide whether – and what – to say about their pregnancy loss experiences on social media?
Measuring the bump.
Stillbirths affect many women but the science of finding out which pregnancies are at risk hasn’t moved on as much as you would think.
Donated breast milk.
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The ability to help save other babies’ lives can make recovering from a big loss easier.
It’s hard to know where to start. But using the right language can help.
Our cultural discomfort with discussing any sort of loss means women are often met with a wall of silence.
Cliched comments like “it wasn’t meant to be” or “don’t worry, you’ll get pregnant” are hurtful and dismissive. Instead, acknowledge their loss, listen and let them grieve.
Women protest outside a courtroom in San Salvador in 2017, demanding the government free women prisoners who are serving 30-year prison sentences for having an abortion.
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Pregnant teens take their own lives, raped children are denied abortions and women who suffer stillbirth are imprisoned for 30 years – El Salvador’s torturous anti-abortion regime must end.
Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth.
Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
Research reveals two strategies women can use to lower the risks of stillbirth: counting kicks, and sleeping on their left side.
Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
Much health information emphasizes the role of personal responsibility in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
After a miscarriage or stillbirth, pregnancy can involve intense fear and anxiety for many women. More sensitive health information could help.
We need to change the way we monitor the pregnancies of women born in South Asia to reduce their chance of a stillbirth.
Women born in South Asian countries like India or Pakistan are more likely to have a stillbirth than women born in Australia or New Zealand.
Whose interests are being protected when hospital data isn’t released?
The Victorian government should follow the UK’s example and provide performance data about individual clinicians to help avoid tragedies such as deaths of babies at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.