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Selena Simmons-Duffin

11 June 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In some D.C. neighborhoods with high rates of teen pregnancy, schools are stepping in with more than just school nurses; dedicated midwives have conversations with students, educating students, providing birth control...

Mediamax Network

Evelyne Makena

15 April 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Gertrude Children's Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya has a new telemedicine program that allows pediatric specialists to consult on cases in rural areas of Kenya. Specialists can hold consults with patients via webcam to h...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

26 March 2018

Madadi, Kebbi, Nigeria

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A small farming community in Nigeria attracted the attention of local and state governments as well as NGOs when they built themselves a two room primary school in 2003. With additional funding from many actors, the c...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

1 March 2018

Nigeria

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Nigerian women account for an outsized proportion of maternal deaths worldwide, many of which were caused by preventable problems such as post-partum hemorrhaging (PPH). A study of providers found that oxytocin was be...

News Deeply

Didem Tali

11 January 2018

Mongolia

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By increasing access to maternal clinics and embracing innovations in medical telecommunications technology, Mongolia has dramatically decreased deaths related to pregnancy and birth. With many people living in remote...

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Mary Annette Pember

5 January 2018

United States

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It is exceptionally difficult for indigenous people in Canada and the United States to receive culturally competent care from non-Native providers. A series of efforts focused on maternal care and the role of midwives...

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Jack Graham

6 November 2017

United States

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Investing in home-visit programs provides crucial support to low income, first time mothers and reduces overall government healthcare costs. The Nurse-Family Partnership, in coordination with the US Department of Heal...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

9 September 2017

Richland, Ohio, United States

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Ohio news organization, Richland Source, threw a community-wide baby shower to learn more about maternal health and provide expecting parents with resources and information. The community engagement initiative used gr...

Vox

Julia Belluz

29 June 2017

California, United States

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The USA is seeing rising maternal mortality rates in recent years. It shows higher rates than most developed countries, in part due to the country's lack of attention to women's health. California is reversing this tr...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

9 June 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them ...

Bright Magazine

Linus Unah

6 April 2017

Ondo, Nigeria

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In the Nigeria state of Ondo the maternal mortality rate fell by 40 percent after the state unrolled the Abiye vanguard program. Over 400 health vanguard’s were hired to ensure that pregnant women delivered their babi...

Center for Solutions Journalism Malawi (CSJ News)

Brian Ligomeka

28 November 2016

Balaka, Malawi

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Women in Malawi face numerous challenges in reproductive health, especially HIV-positive mothers, and maternal deaths are still rampant in rural areas of the country. Technology is helping change the landscape of mate...

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

6 July 2016

Ethiopia

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A mobile health project in Ethiopia gives any health worker with a smartphone access to the information they need to deal with emergencies during childbirth. Now it's being scaled up to reach 10,000 health workers acr...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

25 April 2016

Nepal

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For one village in Nepal, there's a silver lining to the earthquake: A year later, a new and better health clinic is rising from the rubble of the old. And it includes a birthing center.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

3 February 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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The Pathways Community HUB model, born in Mansfield as way to improve pregnancy outcomes, is becoming a national model. Its success is in large part due to its rewarding only caretakers whose patients achieve certain ...

International Reporting Project

Sam Loewenberg

23 January 2016

Cuba

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Cuba’s emphasis on public health, primary care, and training thousands of medical professionals has resulted in health successes and lessons for other countries.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A pilot project in hospitals in California finds ways to avoid Caesarean sections when the expense and risks are not medically necessary. The need to avoid C-sections stems from the dangers the operation poses to moth...

Yes! Magazine

Jasmine Aguilera

Yessenia Funes

8 December 2015

El Paso, Texas, United States

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U.S. Hispanics who pass down a tradition of food, family, and healing are healthier. But as generations become more assimilated, many are adjusting to less healthy diets and habits.

Cosmopolitan

Jill Filipovic

17 November 2015

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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In rural areas in India, lack of physicians is a big barrier to safe abortions, leading women to undergo deadly procedures. A proposed law by the Indian government would allow midwives and mid-level providers to perfo...

The Caravan

Sowmiya Ashok

2 September 2015

Kenya

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Kenya has an alarmingly high rate of maternal mortality rate and many women are afraid to give birth at the hospital for fear of being treated violently. OparanyaCare uses financial incentives to get women to seek pre...

The New York Times

Denise Grady

31 August 2015

Chiapas, Mexico

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Through simple training and trust-building with their patients, midwives become more effective in Chiapas - and childbirth death rates drop.

Citizen-Times

Beth Walton

18 July 2015

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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Expecting mothers, especially young ones, can often feel scared and unprepared about the pregnancy process. Maternity meeting groups help them gain more support and knowledge about their future pregnancies.

The Atlantic

Sarah Yager

1 July 2015

Bedford Hills, New York, United States

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More women are being incarcerated around the United States and that has spurred more institutions to create prison nurseries, which allow women to be with their newborns. It's not a new idea, but it's finding support ...

Women's eNews

Molly Ginty

22 June 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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At St. John Hospital in Detroit, the principles of cultural sensitivity and collaboration—as well as lots of fundraising—have boosted previously low breastfeeding rates by black mothers.

Foreign Policy

Patrick Adams

15 May 2015

Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal

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In Nepal, a controversial drug is proving to be effective in saving mother's lives. It's the only shelf-stable, easy-to-administer solution to curbing postpartum hemorrhage. In trials, misoprostol is shown to save th...

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