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,…

Patricee Douglas, MBBS, a 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders winner of 2016, stands out as the only winner from the Caribbean region. The program, organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the…

Chinese women’s health is often rooted in traditional practices ranging from “harmless to hazardous,” says writer Carly O’Connell.O’Connell references the death of a new mother in the Shandong province from heat stroke following a postnatal tradition of sitting under…

Wealthy women in Bangladesh are driving a C-section boom, which has led to an increase in the rate of the procedure from 4% in 2004 to 23% in 2014. Some put the rate as high as 30% today.

Marvin C. Masalunga, a doctor in the Philippines who gave up far more lucrative prospects to serve rural communities, is next up in GHN’s Q&A series highlighting 120 Under 40 leaders.

Varying methodologies and data-gathering limitations make it difficult to determine the US maternal mortality rate, reports The Economist.Determining death rates using death certificates yields a US maternal death rate of 21 deaths per 100,000 live births. But the CDC’s…

Breast pumps deserve some of the credit for boosting breastfeeding rates, which had fallen off through the 20th century. A far cry from the first manual version patented in 1854 (and the more sanitary, efficient mechanical pumps that replaced them in the 1920s), today’s…

Tourniquets and other forms of wound compression can’t be used to stop postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death for new mothers in developing countries, so a team of researchers from Oregon Health & Science University looked to the battlefield.

While the US has the developed world’s highest maternal mortality rate, the obituaries of these lost mothers rarely say why they died.   Too often rendered invisible by medical institutions and regulators that fail to track maternal deaths accurately. ProPublica and NPR…