More than 4,000 midwives from 113 countries kicked off this week’s International Confederation of Midwives congress with a joyful march on Saturday through downtown Toronto.They aim to raise awareness of their contributions to global health and to improve access and…

Obstetrical complications are rare, so for many years US hospitals failed to standardize some birth procedures. Physician Steve Clark has helped change that with a common-sense approach.  

A disputed maternal mortality survey conducted in Afghanistan in 2010 suggests the country could have achieved its MDG maternal mortality reduction 5 years early if it had stayed on track, observes Stewart Britten of the NGO HealthProm in a Lancet Commentary. To many…

Sharp increases in infant mortality, maternal mortality and diseases including malaria, Zika and diphtheria lay bare the suffering of Venezuelans coping with the country’s deep economic crisis.   The Numbers:

Much of the 40% decline in maternal deaths since 1990 can be attributed to skilled birth attendants—but midwives don’t always get the credit they deserve.   Today, the International Day of the Midwife, they do. Maryalice Yakutchik (Jhpiego writer and dearly missed GHN…

 

The Trump administration is pulling funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes family planning in more than 150 countries. The cut totals $32 million in FY2017.   The State Department cites UNFPA’s support for coercive abortion or involuntary…

The caseload for a midwife in the Kotido district of Karamoja, tucked in a remote part of north-eastern Uganda, strains belief: with just 18 midwives serving 9,600 mothers, according to district health officials, each midwife cares for at least 533 mothers a year. That’s…

In South Korea, the recent death of an overworked young mother has brought the issue of gender bias to the fore. The anonymous mother of 3, an “elite employee” who died in January of a heart attack, was working 12-hour shifts almost every day on top of taking care of her…

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a chance to save millions of children with an inexpensive grassroots community effort In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country beleaguered by years of civil war, official corruption and mismanagement, and…