In the US—where Black women die during childbirth at 3–4X the rate of white women—it’s perhaps no surprise that discrimination against people of color giving birth has been exacerbated by the pandemic.  

In a win for abortion rights advocates, the US Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law barring facilities from performing abortions unless they had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—which many abortion clinics do not.   Critics say the law would have ultimately…

The Chinese government has sustained a draconian forced birth control campaign aimed at limiting Muslim minority populations—such as Uighurs—while encouraging members of the Han majority to have larger families, an AP investigation found.   Over the past 4 years, the…

"Infertility in low-income countries is a neglected reproductive health issue, despite its staggering impact," wrote Marie Thoma, PhD, MHS, nominating it for Global Health NOW's annual Untol

Laboring women in Venezuela are forced to travel from hospital to hospital in a cruel game of “roulette,” desperate to find a facility equipped to deliver their baby. If that doesn’t happen in time, they deliver on the street or in facility lobbies—mothers and babies have…

COVID-19’s multiple frontlines now include at least 46 countries across the African continent. Many, including Ethiopia, have frontline health care facilities battling without one of the most critical tools: adequate water and sanitation.

Parents-to-be are rushing to adjust their birth plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic—and so are hospitals, The Atlantic reports.

Staff at some South African hospitals forced pregnant HIV-positive women into sterilization after giving birth. The Commission for Gender Equality confirmed 48 cases in 2015 where women signed consent forms for sterilization procedures under duress. The country has one of…

Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.     But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19…

At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.   What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah…