Yemen’s unrelenting humanitarian crisis is putting unborn children and their mothers at risk, with more than a million pregnant and lactating women acutely malnourished. As medical specialists flee the country, overstretched hospitals are recruiting unlicensed new…

Tackling neonatal and maternal mortality means taking proper measurements, but data gaps have hampered the cause in high-burden countries. To fill the gap, research published this week aimed to quantify the burden, timing, and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and…

The physiological effects of President Trump’s immigration stance may be playing out in the delivery room: Harvard Chan School of Public Health researchers documented a rise in preterm births among immigrant groups, particularly Latinas, since the election.

Infanticide is the second most common reason women in Senegal are behind bars. While in China and India killing newborns is a mode of gender selection favoring boys, in Senegal the practice is more closely linked to shame, stirring complex trauma and justifications, writes…

Hundreds of women in Malawi die each year due to the government’s strict anti-abortion law. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, but a new bill set for parliamentary debate is looking to upend the 157-year-old law, which permits abortion…

In 1975, the WHO lauded the lifesaving importance of blood transfusion services. But issues of safety, supply, access and use protocols still plague BTS in sub-Saharan Africa where anemic children and maternal emergencies comprise most BTS needs, writes Imperial College…

A proposal to arrest midwives who fail to report underage mothers seeking antenatal care at health facilities to police would backfire, Uganda’s health minister Ruth Aceng warned.   The country’s youth minister suggested last week that the approach could help to track and…

Pregnant and lactating women should be included in DRC Ebola vaccine strategies, argue members of the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics and New Technologies (PREVENT) working group.

Timely transportation can mean life or death for pregnant women facing complications but in conflict zones, rides to care aren’t guaranteed. Even in refugee camp settings, where women are more closely monitored, emergency vehicles may be scarce or targets for violence.  

Women with high concentrations of DDT in their blood during pregnancy are 32% more likely to give birth to a child that develops autism, according to a study of almost a million women.