Improved access to ultrasounds could save maternal lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said. Daily, 16 women in the region die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, while 250 babies die each day before having…

When Armida Fernandez began working at the under-resourced Sion Hospital in Mumbai in the mid-1970s, 77% of sick newborns died. In response, Fernandez opened Sion’s first neonatal ward in 1977 and put in place low-cost, lifesaving changes to prevent deadly infections.…

Donating breast milk is a transaction between 2 mothers. This article thoughtfully explores the complicated issue of compensation for women who donate, and if paying for donated milk changes the relationship between the women involved. The Numbers: There are 19 milk banks…

For every 100,000 women in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas who give birth, 55 or more die, a rate significantly higher than that in the rest of the country. The main reason: not enough doctors, nurses and medically trained and equipped midwives to help deliver…

Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Americas—380 per 100,000 live births in 2013—but the government is hopeful that several initiatives will begin to change the situation, reports Bridget Huber in The Lancet. The national midwifery school is training more…

America is among only 8 countries where the maternal mortality rate has been rising instead of declining. To The Economist, the most compelling explanation is that more women have chronic health problems when they get pregnant, and then fail to get proper care.

The first 233 graduates of a community midwife training program in Sudan will soon begin putting their new skills to work to improve basic and emergency obstetric care in Darfur’s rural regions.

In the midst of civil war, expectant mothers of South Sudan—burdened with the highest mortality rate in the world—are suffering because of widespread aversion to modern medicine and lack of access to health facilities.  Staff who offer family planning advice, rape…

Pregnant women in India who defecate in the open are more likely to have a premature delivery or give birth to a baby with low weight than those who use toilets, new research shows.

Limited negotiation power and autonomy confront not only childbearing ethnic minority and rural women in in Nghe An province, Vietnam, but also health care professionals, according to a new study of equitable maternal health care access. “These impose greater challenges to…