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…

Ending child marriage could return more than $4 trillion to the global economy, according to a new study publications by the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women.

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…