The US leads the industrialized world in the rate of pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths, and the country's fraught relationship with midwives has a role to play, according to the final installment in a series on America’s maternal mortality crisis. Just 10% of the…

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare complication of general anesthesia, is often fatal without treatment.

A midwife forced to deliver the babies of ISIS militants who captured Raqqa, Syria in 2014 recounted her nightmare. ISIS Husbands, Nasr said, barely trusted her; they wouldn’t let her give their laboring wives—including many Syrian teenagers as young as 13 years old—pain…

Texas made national news for its shocking maternal mortality numbers in 2012, but as it turns out, those numbers were flawed.

In 2005, Lebanon ramped up its efforts to measure maternal mortality and reduce its toll. Despite the recent influx of Syrian refugees, these efforts have gone from strength to strength, writes Lea Sacca. Beginning in 2008 a public health ministry field project, using a…

“No providers come into this work for purpose of abusing women.”

A behemoth data analysis published in the Lancet takes a worldwide snapshot of a nebulous issue: unintended pregnancies.The ambitious study gathered data on abortion rates and surveys of women on unintended pregnancies, published by the UN Population Division and other…

Over 26 years of civil war in Somaliland completely decimated its health services. In the chaos, many health care professionals were either killed or fled the country, more than half a million people lost their lives, and a further million became refugees. Civilians were…

Growing access to postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) in Vietnam has seen rabies cases decline 82% from 1994-2016—but some pregnant and breastfeeding women still avoid it, with deadly consequences.

Obstetric emergencies like miscarriages have landed over 23 women in prison for “abortion-related” crimes in El Salvador—1 of just 4 countries that ban abortion regardless of the circumstances.Dubbed a “poor woman’s crime,” wealthier women skirt the ban with abortion pills…