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…

The high-profile childbirth difficulties of women like Serena Williams—who suffered blood clots after giving birth at 36—have highlighted racial inequities in maternal health long observed by Arline Geronimus of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

For some women in Alabama, using a midwife is less about religion and wellness than avoiding traumatic experiences at hospitals. The state’s infant mortality rate is among America’s highest, and maternal mortality is climbing, too.

Compared to its high-income peers, US women are more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth and skip out on care because of the cost. A study comparing access to health care and health status among 11 high-income nations—including Australia, Norway and the UK—also found…

It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to improve training of nurses and midwives and make births safer, a Jhpiego-led study determined.   Comparing 3 approaches, the researchers found that short, inexpensive, onsite, simulation-based training led to a 62% decrease in…

WASHINGTON, DC—The day that Christy Turlington Burns became a mother is the day she became a maternal health advocate, she shared at a recent gathering of public health advocates.

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…

Pakistan is estimated to have one of the highest abortion rates in the world, with millions of women seeking the procedure each year. But abortion is illegal under most circumstances, and back alley procedures are the norm, writes Diaa Hadid.  

Yemen’s unrelenting humanitarian crisis is putting unborn children and their mothers at risk, with more than a million pregnant and lactating women acutely malnourished. As medical specialists flee the country, overstretched hospitals are recruiting unlicensed new graduates…

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…