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Burlington Free Press

April Barton

13 January 2020

Vermont, United States

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Vermont has opened its first donor milk center which acts as a breast milk bank for mothers that are in need of milk for their newborn babies. The Vermont Donor Milk Center aims to be a "one-stop shop," and also offer...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

19 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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After deducing that preeclampsia was "the number one cause of maternal hospital readmissions and maternal mortality," doctors at Penn Medical began sending new mothers home with a blood pressure cuff and then texting ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Kyley Warren

16 December 2019

Palo Alto, California, United States

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To reduce the rates of maternal mortality in California, medical researchers joined with hospitals to study the causes of the death in order to better understand how to move forward. After identifying interventions th...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Kyley Warren

16 December 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Women in Indian Country and across the nation face higher rates of maternal mortality due to lack of accessible health care, but an initiative that started in New Mexico are now teaching indigenous women on reservatio...

Science Africa

Christabel Ligami

7 October 2019

Samburu, Kenya

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A region in Kenya has combined innovation and demand to develop a birthing cushion that helps to encourage mothers to deliver their babies at the local health center. As more women choose this option, the stigma aroun...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kara Leigh Lofton

18 September 2019

West Virginia, United States

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States typically do no employ an exact protocol for treating opioid-dependent pregnant women, but several states including Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky are working on addressing this gap in health care. Althou...

100 Days in Appalachia

Jess Mador

17 September 2019

Tennessee, United States

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In Tennessee, health officials are fighting against the the opioid epidemic by educating opioid-affected pregnant women about neonatal abstinence syndrome. Although several approaches have been implemented, the Volunt...

100 Days in Appalachia

Jess Mador

17 September 2019

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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The University of Tennessee Medical Center clinic has engaged a specific set of experts to form the High Risk Obstetrical Consultants team that focuses on treating opioid-addicted pregnant women as well as the infant ...

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Ruth Evans

Lily Freeston

Hadra Ahmed

16 September 2019

Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia, emergency surgical officers are helping to provide surgical care such as Cesarean sections, that is typically performed by surgeons. Although these health-care providers do not have the full training of s...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

27 August 2019

Lagos, Nigeria

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Providing mothers with access to health education during and after pregnancy helps reduce child mortality. In Nigeria, the Mamacare program teaches pregnant women about nutrition, hygiene, and infant health at clinics...

LAist

Priska Neely

29 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Local officials in Los Angeles County are focusing efforts on leveling the playing field when it comes to health outcomes for infants across races. Although efforts are underway, there are several key takeaways that h...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Priska Neely

29 July 2019

Sacramento, California, United States

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After launching an initiative aimed at reducing Black infant deaths, Sacramento County's success is now a model for other areas of California looking to make similar changes. Local officials joined with other communit...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

23 July 2019

Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area, Niger, Nigeria

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In Niger State, not all health clinics are treated equally, but one in the Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) acts as a model for other healthcare providers to follow. From proactively educating patients ...

The New York Times

Jack Graham

26 June 2019

Lake First Nation, Ontario, Canada

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When the opioid crisis hit indigenous communities throughout North America, solutions that were working in urban areas, weren't available to these isolated, rural regions. To combat the crisis specifically as it relat...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

24 June 2019

Fuka, Niger, Nigeria

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Access to medical resources improves the effectiveness of health centers. In the village of Fuka, in Nigeria’s Niger State, NGOs such as the RAiSE Foundation and TY Danjuma Foundation have stepped in to support the lo...

BBC

Emma Bryce

Wana Udobang

19 June 2019

Lagos, Nigeria

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Addressing the stigma surrounding Caesarean sections in sub-saharan Africa is a vital component in reducing maternal mortality. In Nigeria, the nonprofit, Mamalette, a nonprofit organization, recruits and trains mothe...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Anna Claire Vollers

11 June 2019

Alabama, United States

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To combat pregnancy-related deaths, a coalition of "doctors, nurses, public health leaders and others" have created a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to act as a statewide task force and investigate the reasoning ...

The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller

4 June 2019

Sweden

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New mothers are often overwhelmed once they leave the support of the hospital and find themselves home alone with a newborn. In Sweden, a new law that allows the other parent to take a month off from work to help with...

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Taylor Allen

24 April 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To better serve women of color during pregnancies and childbirth, women in Philadelphia have started offering workshops to teach about and advocate for increased understanding around the birthing experience. With stat...

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Amelia Martyn-Hemphill

Raissa Ioussouf

1 April 2019

Madagascar

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Cases of obstetric fistula plague many women in Madagascar, but women that have been able to seek care are now joining together to bring that care to other women in rural areas. As patient ambassadors, these women tel...

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Amelia Axelsen

22 March 2019

Punjab, Pakistan

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To combat holding the record for the world's most dire infant mortality rate, Pakistan is placing efforts on increasing paternal supports before, during and after childbirth through the implementation of a hotline. Di...

Model D

Melinda Clynes

19 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Despite offering services for expectant mothers, Detroit's infant mortality and less-than-adequate prenatal care rates are both negative outliers when it comes to Michigan's statewide statistics for those figures. Rea...

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Emanuela Zuccalà

18 March 2019

Bonthe Island, Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has long been battling a childbirth crisis due to a decade-long civil war that devastated the health care system, and it is especially apparent in the remote region of Bonthe Island. A series of partnersh...

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Sunaina Kumar

18 March 2019

Karimnagar, Telangana, India

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To address the issue of maternal mortality that was linked with women giving birth at private hospitals instead of public, Telangana implemented a series of reforms including childbirth kits, financial incentives, an ...

Concentrate

Sarah Rigg

6 March 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Prison Doula Initiative seeks to provide pregnant women experiencing incarceration the support and care they need to maintain physical and mental health before, during, and after giving birth. The initiat...

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