New Moms Are Healthier, Maternal Deaths Still a Problem, Data Finds

Amidst meetings and celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, new data was shared: the maternal death rate, internationally, has decreased by forty percent. Unfortunately, it's not all smooth sailing yet. » 3/16/15 1:30pm 3/16/15 1:30pm

How Birth Control Can Bring Us Closer to World Peace

Sometime within the last day or so, it's estimated that the world's 7 billionth child was born. This child, like all children, was gestated in the body of a woman and like most children, is likely to be fed, bathed, and raised primarily by a woman. Whether the world that the child inhabits as he or she grows up is one… » 10/31/11 5:30pm 10/31/11 5:30pm

How To Save A Quarter Of A Million Babies

Every year, there are five hundred thousand stillbirths or newborn deaths because of undetected syphilis passed from mothers' wombs. Public health researchers say that number could be more than halved with cheap testing. » 6/16/11 3:12pm 6/16/11 3:12pm

Fighting Maternal Mortality, Backing Down Somewhat On Afghan Women

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton announced the Saving Lives At Birth Grand Challenge a joint initiative on maternal health with USAID and the Gates foundation. Kind of awkward about USAID recently backing off women's rights provisions in Afghanistan, a major Clinton priority, with the regional director telling The… » 3/10/11 10:05am 3/10/11 10:05am

What's Behind The Welcome Drop In Maternal Mortalities?

It's not often that there's good news for women's access to health care, but here's some: maternal mortality is down by one third since 1990. What did the trick? » 9/15/10 1:36pm 9/15/10 1:36pm

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