Using the make-do “MacGyver” method, emergency physician Thomas Burke designed a lifesaving kit to stop deadly postpartum hemorrhage—which causes 1 in 3 maternal deaths. His low-tech “uterine balloon tamponade” has been deployed thousands of times and boasts a 97% survival…

Less restrictive abortion laws are linked to lower maternal mortality, and vice versa, according to University of Melbourne researchers. Their findings show that reforming restrictive abortion laws could lower maternal mortality and demonstrate a need for services shielding…

Kenyan officials are being taken to court after Marie Stopes was banned from providing abortion, post-abortion care and reproductive health information. In Kenya abortion is allowed in cases where the woman’s health is in danger. Nevertheless, the Marie Stopes ban was…

Tackling neonatal and maternal mortality means taking proper measurements, but data gaps have hampered the cause in high-burden countries. To fill the gap, research published this week aimed to quantify the burden, timing, and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and…

Hundreds of women in Malawi die each year due to the government’s strict anti-abortion law. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, but a new bill set for parliamentary debate is looking to upend the 157-year-old law, which permits abortion…

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare complication of general anesthesia, is often fatal without treatment.

Texas made national news for its shocking maternal mortality numbers in 2012, but as it turns out, those numbers were flawed.

Over 26 years of civil war in Somaliland completely decimated its health services. In the chaos, many health care professionals were either killed or fled the country, more than half a million people lost their lives, and a further million became refugees. Civilians were…

An armada of ordinary women has been key to family health across Ethiopia, opening “our eyes to the community’s needs,” writes Admasu Kesete, Ethiopia’s former health minister and CEO of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.  

NEW YORK—The effort to end preventable maternal mortality should include safe surgery as a key strategy, advocates asserted at a UN General Assembly side event yesterday.The problem’s scope is clear: More than 300,000 women will die from preventable conditions during…