Dozens of Rohingya Muslim women and girls detailed horrific “sweeping and methodical” rape at the hands of Burma’s security forces.Aung San Suu Kyi’s government denies accounts of rape; an internal military investigation last month concluded such assaults never took place.

Cesarean section is a crucial, life-saving alternative to natural childbirth—but too often it is becoming the default choice, write Laxmi Tamang and colleagues. In Nepal it is “alarmingly escalating.”

The glaring maternal health gap between black and white women is systemic, spanning economic and education.In New York City, college-educated black women were more likely to face pregnancy-related complications than white women who hadn’t finished high school.

Physical restraint during childbirth, segregation in maternity wards, and racial harassment—Roma woman endure these abuses and more in reproductive health care centers in eastern Slovakia.

20th century doctors, most white and male, pushed for medicalized childbirth with so-called modern practices like forceps and sedation, and undermined the traditional birthing practices of midwives, often black women.Today in the US, less than 10% of deliveries are midwife-…

In low- and middle-income countries, verbal and physical abuse of women seeking obstetric care is “widespread and pervasive” in the very facilities meant to ensure a safe delivery, write Kirsten Austad and colleagues.Despite global efforts to promote facility-based birthing…

Marian Wentworth’s journey to leading Management Sciences for Health, the global health NGO that works in 36 countries, didn’t have a typical beginning.

Unnecessary red tape limits certified nurse midwives’ ability to implement their training—and endangers mothers’ health—writes New America policy analyst Alieza Durana.   Research in the Journal of Health Economics found more cesarean sections and induced labors in states…

Bleeding, infection and unsafe abortions cause 2,800 pregnancy-related deaths every year in Burma. Limited staffing and training capacity for maternal health care, regional language barriers and resistance to family planning are all barriers to preventing maternal deaths…

Kentucky is birthing babies in opioid withdrawal at 3 times the national average, with neonatal abstinence syndrome up 6,000% since 2009.