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Lornet Turnbull

16 May 2019

United States

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As abortion laws become increasingly restrictive across the southern US, more and more grassroots organizations are working to ensure access to abortions is still available. There exists a network called National Netw...

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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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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 ...

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Collier Meyerson

5 March 2019

New York, United States

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Birth and pregnancy coaches lessen the disproportionately high risk of death from complications in maternal care suffered by black women in the United States. Women in states that provide consultation with a doula, a ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jesenia De Moya Correa

5 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Young mothers don't always have access to the resources they need to better understand breastfeeding, but programs in Philadelphia, are working to address this. From creating a city-wide awareness campaign to meeting ...

The Washington Post

Sarah Hosseini

28 February 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Statistics show that black women do not have their pain taken as seriously as white women, which is a contributing factor why some expectant black mothers are choosing to hire doulas for their pregnancies. The doulas ...

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Sunaina Kumar

28 February 2019

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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Making the services of midwives accessible to displaced mothers living in refugee camps requires training and trust. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the government of Bangladesh are working to support c...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

18 February 2019

Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria

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In Nigeria where maternal deaths are not uncommon, a hospital in Zaria has implemented the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) System to analyze and better understand the causes associated w...

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Malcolm Burnley

4 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Riverside Correction Facility in Philadelphia has implemented a program that allows incarcerated new mothers the opportunity to both learn about the benefits of maintaining breast milk supply, and also provide it for ...

The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller

25 January 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the United States, parental leave is set at 12 weeks, but many companies have begun pursuing other possibilities such as paid time and more time for both mothers and fathers. Most recently, however, the Bill and Me...

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Edward Siddons

22 January 2019

California, United States

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Steps toward preventing maternal mortality – a problem that plagues women worldwide – are being made. A handful of policies, including using data-informed approaches, providing access to doulas, and addressing racial ...

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Nasibo Kabale

17 December 2018

Mandera, Mandera County, Kenya

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Two regions within Kenya, Mandera and Isiolo, have made significant strides in reducing their rate of maternal mortality cases. Both counties employed similar tactics, such as improving facility quality, increasing th...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 November 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The Birth Through Eight Strategy in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers social services, such as in-home postpartum visits, as a way to bridge the gap often created by the city’s social and racial divide. Not only does this impact...

Nation Africa

Aggrey Omboki

13 November 2018

Kenya

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Medical innovations in maternal and child health could save thousands of lives in Africa if more governments adopted them. A Kenyan doctor with an international nonprofit that works to transform global health through ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 October 2018

Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria

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The Nigerian state of Oyo has a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 24%, which is the highest in the country compared to the national average of 10.8%. This can be attributed to family planning services bro...

Business Daily

Angela Oketch

21 October 2018

Kenya

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A mentorship program in Kenya has proven effective at slashing rates of HIV transmission to infants and reducing stigma surrounding the illness. Mentor mothers offer support and education to HIV-positive pregnant wome...

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Julia Migné

15 October 2018

England

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People are working to bring the trauma of stillbirth into the mainstream so they can heal. From full length feature movies to legislation that includes stillbirth in the qualifications for bereavement leave, people ar...

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Rebecca Ballan

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In Brooklyn, along with 2 other locations in New York, new mothers are receiving free lactation consultations, helping them to learn how to breastfeed their babies - but also building a sense of community for these mo...

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Chloe Reichel

11 September 2018

California, United States

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The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative brought a diverse group of people together to address maternal mortality by increasing education around preeclampsia and hemorrhage. The group tracked data and used t...

Yes! Magazine

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

7 September 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Mamatoto Village is a maternal health group that offers services to women of color. The aim of the group is to address racial inequality in healthcare and level the playing field to give women of color access to servi...

Nation Africa

Aggrey Omboki

6 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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A hospital in Nairobi, Kenya is setting up the country's first breast milk bank with help from the government and an NGO to ensure infants get breast milk even if their mothers cannot provide it. The World Health Orga...

ProPublica

Annie Waldman

30 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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To combat racial disparities in maternal health care, New York is funding a partnership program between the city and communities to improve maternal healthcare for women of color. Both public and private hospitals wil...

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Renee Montagne

29 July 2018

Pomona, California, United States

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A collaborative of California hospitals has developed standard procedures for situations that threaten a mother’s life during childbirth as well as a “toolkit” of everything staff need for a rapid response. As a resul...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

16 July 2018

Abuja, Nigeria

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Throughout rural parts of Nigeria, health care services are often out of reach, putting pregnant women at risk of undergoing an unsafe childbirth experience. Although not without limitations, training women in these a...

Social Justice News Nexus

Hayley Prokos

13 July 2018

Illinois, United States

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A new Illinois law allows postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis to affect sentencing. This could reduce jail time and additional psychological trauma for women who suffer these ailments. Illinois is the first...

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