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New topic page on family planning now available

The MHTF is proud to bring you a new repository of information on family planning. Our newest topic page, “Integrating Family Planning into Maternal Health,” features an in-depth look at the relationship between family planning and maternal mortality: From 1990 to 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) decreased by 44 percent. A drop in... read more

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In Indonesia, Spicy IUD TV Ads Try to Boost Long-Term Contraception

By David J. Olson, Global Health Communications Consultant “How does it feel after you get an Andalan IUD?” a woman says in the opening line of a ground-breaking new TV spot in Indonesia promoting intrauterine devices to married women. “Now we can do it anytime. For sure, my husband is more content and obedient now,”... read more

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Oral contraceptive use not associated with increased birth defects risk

Oral contraceptives taken just before or during pregnancy do not increase the risk of birth defects, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark. They found that the prevalence of major birth defects was consistent (about 25 per 1,000 live births) across... read more

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Save the date: Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths to launch January 19

This launch, chaired by Dr Richard Horton, Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief, delivers five papers, including new UN stillbirth estimates and trends for 195 countries, as well as covering the mental health and economic effects of stillbirth, particularly on women and their families...read more

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Black Mamas Matter! Building a human rights movement for maternal health in the U.S.

By Katrina Anderson and Pilar Herrero, Center for Reproductive Rights Today, women in the U.S. are actually more likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications than they were two decades ago, and Black women are nearly four times more likely to die than White women. These trends are a wake-up call that rising maternal mortality and morbidity is not only an issue for women outside our borders – it is a domestic human rights crisis...read more

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New research calls for a different approach for misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage

By Shafia Rashid, Family Care International Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)—excessive, uncontrolled bleeding during or after childbirth—is the leading cause of maternal death around the world.  Despite this, the condition is almost entirely preventable and treatable. In some parts of the world, women give birth at home or in health facilities lacking the essential supplies and equipment... read more

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AIM Program | Moving forward to end preventable maternal mortality

By Kisha D. Semenuk, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists In the United States Black women will experience 3-4x more severe maternal complications than white women and overall the majority of maternal deaths are preventable. To tackle the rising maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the United States, the Maternal-Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has funded a national maternal safety and quality improvement initiative, known as the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program. The overarching goals of the AIM Program are to prevent 1,000 maternal deaths and 100,000 severe maternal complications in the U.S. by the end of 2018... read more

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