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New York Magazine

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 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...

NPR

Alison Kodjak

18 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Despite many medical advances in obstetrics, there is still little understanding around what causes pre-mature labor and how to successfully stop it. Doctors and researchers in New York City are working to change this...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

18 February 2019

Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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At Enrique Baltodano Hospital healthcare providers are working on improving patient experiences by implementing patient-centered care. From making surgery preparations more enjoyable for children to offering an array ...

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...

The New Yorker

Tom Vanderbilt

4 February 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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DIY solutions can overcome the scarcity of medical resources in developing countries and save lives. A simple solution such as replacing expensive uterine balloons with more readily accessible condoms has already help...

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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 ...

Governing

Mattie Quinn

21 December 2018

New York, United States

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Studies have shown that hiring a doula to be present during pregnancy can have significant benefits that contributes to childbirth success rates. To expand access, New York has become the third state that will allow w...

The New York Times

Margot Sanger-Katz

18 December 2018

Delaware, United States

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Delaware has a new statewide program to ask women of childbearing age if they are planning on getting pregnant in the next year during a primary care visit and to discuss birth control options if the answer is no. The...

Business Daily

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...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

11 December 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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A new three year program is educating, training, and deploying midwives to six northern Nigerian states. This influx of midwives has helped to ensure safe deliveries as well as provide women with perinatal and antenat...

A Beautiful Perspective

B. David Zarley

26 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Positive touch through human contact is a crucial for newborn babies, especially those that have to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit, but parents often can't provide it on a 24/7 schedule. Trained volunteer ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

16 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Moms In Recovery is a New Hampshire-based program providing team-based comprehensive care for pregnant women in recovery from substance use disorder. Women in the program receive therapy, obstetric services, and prima...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

7 November 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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Through ‘child spacing’ strategies, Nigerian health centers have helped women gain greater autonomy and have increased planning about the size of their family. Nurses discuss child spacing with women during antenatal ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

16 October 2018

Sokoto, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Chlorhexidine gel has been successfully used to ensure healthy births and avoid newborn babies from having often fatal infections around their umbilical cord. The use of this gel—as well as the end of potentially harm...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

9 October 2018

Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

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Medical professionals travel to remote areas of Nigeria with little access to family planning or maternal health care to hand out resources such as condoms or birth control and to train villages' Traditional Birth Att...

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...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Priska Neely

12 July 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Throughout the United States, black infants face a a higher likelihood of mortality as compared to white babies, but an initiative in Oakland is changing that narrative. Known as the Best Babies Zone, partnerships ha...

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Idrissa Sane

16 June 2018

Senegal

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A digital platform, called Hope, allows medical clinics in Senegal to track the amount of blood in their blood banks in real time and reaches out to donors via SMS to encourage them to donate every few months. When a ...

The Guardian

Amrit Dhillon

12 June 2018

Purabgaon, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Villages in India were recording record high rates for maternal mortality due to a combination of factors such has poor diets and lack of education, but a women's group has started a grassroots approach to mitigating ...

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Julia Muldavin

8 June 2018

Archidona, Ecuador

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There are nine indigenous communities that live within the Ecuadorian Amazon, each with their own practices that have been passed down from generation to generation. To maintain independence from the Ecuadorian govern...

Temple University

Jenny Roberts

Spring 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout Pennsylvania, the rate of infants being exposed to drugs in the womb is increasing, which in turn means more cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Because removing the infant from the mother can have negat...

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