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Do Mothers Have a Say?

A recent breakthrough in genetic engineering suggests new options in treating genetic diseases while raises ethical concerns. By Yvaine Ye Her phone rang. It was Read More

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New Birth Waiting Homes to Welcome Expectant Mothers in Sierra Leone

Photo by Emily Bearse / Partners In HealthSupporters gather near the newly built waiting homes during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of April. Others are bigger. Elsewhere they’re more plentiful. But it’s tough to beat the understated dignity of the new birth waiting homes that Partners In Health opened in eastern Sierra Leone last week. The three white houses sit on a hill at the quiet edge of the city of Koidu.

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Hard Labor

As healthcare professionals, thought leaders, and innovators converge on Copenhagen, Denmark for ‘Women Deliver’, the team at Maternova honor all the work done by champions for women globally. We want to reflect back on a year of accomplishment and success for those who work tirelessly to provide women a better world. This past year has seen many triumphs including a reduction in maternal mortality in many key countries. But, we can’t overlook the preponderance of evidence that suggests we can still do so much better. And it is in that spirit, and solemn remembrance that we offer this piece

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Anticipated stigma and blameless guilt: Mothers’ evaluation of life with the sex-linked…

Publication date: June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 158 Author(s): Angus Clarke Practical experience of a genetic disorder may influence how parents approach reproduction, if they know their child may be affected by an inherited condition.

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Fostering reflective trust between mothers and community health nurses to improve the…

Publication date: June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 158 Author(s): Nana M.

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Health gap between urban rich and poor getting worse

In cities, access to quality health care varies greatly between the rich and poor, from Lagos to Washington, D.C. The poorest urban children in some developing countries are twice as likely to die as their wealthy counterparts. Steps must be taken immediately to eliminate health inequality, says charity group Save the Children. Its annual State of

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Checking in on… the State of the World’s Mothers Report

The first day of life is also the most risky, both for the infant–and often for the mother. This year’s report on the State of the World’s Mothers came out last week. The focus of this report is on the first day of life. Save the Children, authors of the report, developed the first-ever “Birth Day Risk Index” to assess newborn odds of survival on that very first day that they are born.

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Photo of the Day: Protecting Mothers of the Next Generation

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Understanding How Breastfeeding Protects Against HIV

It turns out that a majority of babies who are breastfed by their HIV-positive mothers do not end up contracting HIV. The precise reason is not too clear, but Beth Skwarecki authors a blog post for PLOS that explores how breast milk can support the development of a baby’s immune system. She writes: Without human milk, infants are effectively missing a piece of their immune system; secretory IgA antibodies, for example, are abundant in milk and act in the infant’s gut. Proteins like lactoferrin have antimicrobial activity. The component that has been highlighted recently as preventing HIV transmission is a family of molecules made of strings of sugars.

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Saving Newborns by Screening Mothers for Strep B

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Clinton Praises Innovators For Their Work To Help Mothers And Children

Speaking at the Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange at the State Department on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “prais[ed] innovators from around the globe for their work to protect the health and lives of mothers and children at birth, particularly in rural areas of the developing world,” IPP Digital reports (Babb, 7/28).

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Save The Children Releases Annual Global Mother’s Index

Afghanistan is “the worst place to be a mother, with women having a life expectancy of 45 years – the world’s lowest – and one of every 11 women dying in childbirth,” according to Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report, the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports.

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ZIMBABWE: A helping hand for HIV-positive mothers and babies

HARARE, 22 February 2011 (PLUSNEWS) – The high cost of maternity and health care, the lack of a proper follow-up system, and a limited ability to diagnose HIV infection early in babies means many Zimbabwean children are not being caught by the safety net that the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme was intended to provide.

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