The Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials vying to revive a state law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and describe the fetuses to abortion-seeking women. The ruling leaves intact an appeals court ruling that held the law…

The sharp increase in the number of American women dying of pregnancy complications may be due to a new version of the death certificate form in 2003 that led to better detection of an existing problem.

Kyrgyzstan, with the highest maternal mortality rates among Central Asian countries, is falling short of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce the number of women dying as a result of childbirth by 3/4.

Many African governments have failed to spend at least 15% of their annual budgets on health care, as they promised in 2001. One of the consequences: high maternal mortality rates, writes Joachim Osur, head of reproductive and child health at Amref Health Africa. Women in…

A well-researched Atlantic piece takes on prenatal drug exposure and the practice of charging women criminally for endangering their child in utero. The article presents diverging opinions among women’s rights advocates, doctors and law enforcement officials about how to…

Every 2 minutes, a woman somewhere in the world dies from pregnancy or childbirth complications, according to the UNFPA—and most of these deaths are completely preventable. Trained midwives, who are educated and regulated to international standards, could avert 2/3 of all…

A pregnant woman suffers from malaria in Kolwezi, Congo (Kinshasa). © Gabriele Orlini Courtesy of Photoshare. As we consider the challenges and priorities facing us on World Malaria Day this year, we should pay special attention to our most at-risk people:…

Caesarean sections can put women and babies at risk, so should only be carried out when medically necessary, according to the WHO. The Numbers: Although the “ideal rate” for caesareans is between 10% and 15% of births, about 25% of UK births are through caesarean, up from…

The validity of a Lancet study’s much-discussed conclusions that breastfeeding was associated with a child’s later IQ and income is questioned by an Atlantic article that cites the “relatively high loss of follow-up.” “Even if breastfed babies really do grow up to have…