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From the Archives | Midwives Can Significantly Reduce Maternal Mortality, But They Need Support

From the archives: An interview with the Maternal Health Task Force's Technical Director Rima Jolivet about her experience as a certified nurse-midwife and her thoughts on the current and future landscape of midwifery...read more

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Measuring the Quality of Family Planning

In October 2015, researchers, programmers and policymakers gathered in Bellagio, Italy to discuss strategies for improving, standardizing and simplifying the measurement of quality in family planning. The resulting papers, along with commentaries from Dominic Montagu and Kim Longfield, were published by Metrics for Management in late 2016. The papers in this series provide an opportunity to review and learn from what has already been done and work towards consensus on a more effective measurement strategy moving forward...read more

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Kangaroo Mother Care: A Strategy to Improve the Quality of Postpartum Care

Raising awareness of the value of kangaroo mother care in all global healthcare settings is a key public health strategy towards realizing Sustainable Development Goal 3—particularly the target for preventable neonatal deaths, which are often prematurity-related. For KMC to be implemented and scaled more widely, a paradigm shift needs to occur away from routine care practices in the early postnatal period involving the separation of mothers and babies and towards a “zero-separation” model of care...read more

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A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries

Together with Paul Hensleigh, Suellen Miller, the founder of University of California San Francisco’s Safe Motherhood Program, created a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) that applies pressure on the lower half of the body to push blood to vital organs like the lungs, heart and brain. The anti-shock garment is a first-aid measure: Strapping on LifeWrap soon after giving birth can help contain or at least slow down excess bleeding. Typically, clinicians will administer oxytocin to stop the blood loss. If the drug is not available or is ineffective, nurses and doctors can use the NASG to buy more time. The suit cut maternal mortality rates by over 50%...read more

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21 New Positions in Maternal Health

Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe. This month, we are featuring jobs at Abt Associates, Management Sciences for Health, CORE Group and more!...read more

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Breastfeeding as Family Teamwork

Research has shown that women who have support from their family, partner and broader social network are more likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding. Nevertheless, health care providers do not always engage with families very effectively. Studies in diverse global settings have demonstrated the benefit of engaging partners and families on breastfeeding practices...read more

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