In Zambia, most expectant mothers find themselves walking several miles to ill-equipped health care facilities to deliver their babies, a predicament that has led to a maternal mortality rate 10 times higher than the US.   The new initiative—Saving Mothers, Giving Life—aims…

Teenage pregnancy and motherhood, associated with higher morbidity and mortality for both the mother and child, remains a major health and social concern in Uganda. Less well documented is the stigma it carries in this East African country—but girls like Harriet* can attest…

The WHO issued 49 new guidelines to prevent death in childbirth, such as upping the number of prenatal care visits from 4 to 8. 6 million babies die each year, either in utero or within the first month of life, and 300,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth, many of these…

The Japanese government’s eagerness to slow the decline of the nation’s birthrate has shined a light on the country’s cultural attitudes toward birth—and the medical practices that result.   Japanese doctors advise expectant mothers to gain no more than 6-10 kg of weight…

Determined to improve Nigeria’s maternal health care, Aminu Gamawa, a lawyer in Nigeria, recognized the importance of allying Islamic scholars—particularly in the country’s Muslim North.  

Although maternal deaths worldwide have fallen by 44% in the last quarter century, poor women still are at much greater risk from getting pregnant than their wealthy counterparts. Women in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, face a 1 in 36 risk of dying in pregnancy or…

Maternal deaths globally have fallen 44% since 1990, but still the world’s Millennium Development Goal for maternal health came up very short. A woman’s lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, “remains an appalling 1 in 36…

Rural hospitals and health clinics in developing nations have high rates of maternal death, often because of a lack of basic resources, such as electric lighting. To combat this problem and provide lighting in off-grid facilities, one doctor helped create a portable solar-…

A pilot program in the Democratic Republic of Congo has increased maternal health by doing one simple thing—showing women their babies. Chrystelle Wedi and Kopano Matlwa Mabaso launched the See Your Baby initiative to draw women in rural areas to clinics by offering…

Many factors contribute to continually poor outcomes in Guinea’s healthcare system, particularly with regard to maternal health. Among them: a scarcity of drugs and properly trained healthcare workers, a dearth of transportation options to connect patients and health…