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…

An overwhelming number of young women in China are reaching for formula over breast milk to feed their newborns, despite government-led campaigns to promote breastfeeding as the exclusive diet of infants until 6 months of age. Consumer activists, health advocates and…

Many women in childbirth are disrespected and even abused, according to a systematic review compiling information from 65 studies undertaken in 34 countries. For example, in Nigeria, 98% of women surveyed reported at least 1 type of abuse—ranging from being tied down in…

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…