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.  

An armada of ordinary women has been key to family health across Ethiopia, opening “our eyes to the community’s needs,” writes Admasu Kesete, Ethiopia’s former health minister and CEO of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.  

Across the US, African-American babies die at twice the rate of white infants. Baltimore officials hope a new doula-training program can ensure better outcomes for newborns.

NEW YORK—The effort to end preventable maternal mortality should include safe surgery as a key strategy, advocates asserted at a UN General Assembly side event yesterday.The problem’s scope is clear: More than 300,000 women will die from preventable conditions during…

Globally, more than 1 million babies die each year because they’re not fed properly—mostly in resource-poor environments, according to infant-feeding specialist Brooke Bauer.   That’s where groups like Nurture Project International come in. The NGO, founded by Bauer,…