Cesarean section is a crucial, life-saving alternative to natural childbirth—but too often it is becoming the default choice, write Laxmi Tamang and colleagues. In Nepal it is “alarmingly escalating.”

The glaring maternal health gap between black and white women is systemic, spanning economic and education.In New York City, college-educated black women were more likely to face pregnancy-related complications than white women who hadn’t finished high school.

Physical restraint during childbirth, segregation in maternity wards, and racial harassment—Roma woman endure these abuses and more in reproductive health care centers in eastern Slovakia.

In low- and middle-income countries, verbal and physical abuse of women seeking obstetric care is “widespread and pervasive” in the very facilities meant to ensure a safe delivery, write Kirsten Austad and colleagues.Despite global efforts to promote facility-based birthing…

The head of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka blasted funding cuts as violence against women in conflict zones grows “worse than anything we’ve ever seen before.” Campaigners highlighted remarkable failures of the UK’s Angeline Jolie-fronted, 13-country violence prevention…

Online dating fosters a culture of casual sex that could be linked to a dramatic rise in STDs—but popular apps like Tinder and Grindr resist acknowledging any complicity. The apps may hesitate to acknowledge sexual health and safety concerns out of a fear they'd be “…

US anti-abortion groups are flooding Latin America and the Caribbean with cash, training and facilities to maintain the regions’ strict anti-abortion status quo.   One Virginia-based Catholic group, Human Life International, funneled over $600,000 into Central America from…

In 2 years, the birth control app Nurx has spread to 15 states and Washington D.C.   As it reaches conservative states, activists are railing against the “Uber for birth control” for expediting access to morning-after pills like Plan B and Ella.   Nurx allows patients to…

Family dynamics and a dearth of knowledge of—and access to— family planning leave West and Central Africa with some of the world's lowest contraception rates. That is quickly changing in Senegal.   1 in 4 married Senegalese women and girls aged 15-49 now use contraception,…

A proposal to slash cervical cancer screenings could hit minority women especially hard. US Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendations—which inform insurance reimbursements—suggest a Pap smear every 3 years, or an HPV test every 5 for women aged 30-64. Previous…