Anemia is a scourge on pregnant women and children, particularly in the developing world. Iron supplements may be a key intervention, but existing research on their efficacy and safety is patchy. The WHO recommends iron supplements and micronutrient powders for children in…

Pregnant and lactating women should be included in DRC Ebola vaccine strategies, argue members of the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics and New Technologies (PREVENT) working group.

Timely transportation can mean life or death for pregnant women facing complications but in conflict zones, rides to care aren’t guaranteed. Even in refugee camp settings, where women are more closely monitored, emergency vehicles may be scarce or targets for violence.  

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Babies cannot be born “addicted”—and labeling them so feeds into stigma that can deter pregnant mothers from seeking care, writes Eduardo R. Martínez-Montes of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.   Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, whose mothers…

A behemoth data analysis published in the Lancet takes a worldwide snapshot of a nebulous issue: unintended pregnancies.The ambitious study gathered data on abortion rates and surveys of women on unintended pregnancies, published by the UN Population Division and other…

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.  

12% of stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa can be attributed to malaria, finds a recent study by Australian and Thai researchers.  

Imagine being legally punished for having sex outside of marriage. Now imagine the consequences being foisted on you, but not your partner. That’s the situation facing a number of migrant women—mostly domestic workers—in Qatar.   Zina laws, based on Islamic legal tradition…

67% of US pregnancies flagged with a chromosomal abnormality are terminated. In Iceland, that number is almost 100%.With the rise of screening for genetic disorders, the island nation has nearly eradicated Down syndrome births. 80-85% of pregnant women identified as “high-…