Voice and Choice of Mothers: Health Decision-Making Dynamics Among Women in Urban India

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By: Lily W. Lee, President, ALMATA, Division of Avegen Pte Ltd.; Mark Allen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Merck for Mothers; Sumiti Saharan, Design and Research Director, Avegen Pte Ltd.

What are women’s roles in the maternal health care decision-making process in settings like India? Are women’s voices heard by their family members and caregivers? How can women be empowered in maternal health care? To answer these questions, the ALMATA team conducted baseline research and surveyed 500 women from New Delhi and Mumbai, India…read more

Group Antenatal Care in Rwanda: A Master Trainer’s Perspective

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By: Tiffany Lundeen, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative ; Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative

Tiffany Lundeen, a midwife on the Preterm Birth Initiative-Rwanda team based at the University of California, San Francisco recently spoke with Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, a Rwandan midwife who serves as a master trainer of group care facilitators, about her observations of group care…read more

World Preeclampsia Day: Recognizing That Delivery Is a Treatment, Not a Cure

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By: Rebecca Britt, Community Education and Engagement Manager, Preeclampsia Foundation

Any woman can develop preeclampsia after delivery, whether she experienced high blood pressure during pregnancy or not. Because the majority of deaths due to preeclampsia happen after the baby is born, it is critical that patients are advised to continue monitoring their health…read more

Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders: A Critical Absence from the Cesarean Section Debate

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By: Eric Jauniaux, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, EGA Institute for Women's Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London; Johan Vos, Chief Executive, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

A critical absence from the recent “cesarean section debate” has been the long-term health impact of excessively high c-section rates—including increased risk of miscarriage, unexplained stillbirth, placenta previa, placenta accreta and abruption in subsequent pregnancies…read more

Addressing the Maternal Mental Health Diagnosis Gap Through Screening Tools in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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By: Teertha Arora, Candidate for Masters in Public Health (Global Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

There is a dearth of mental health screening tools validated for use in low-resource settings among pregnant women, specifically in Africa. To address this research gap, a study recently published in PLOS ONE by Heyningen et al. examined the reliability and feasibility of five screening tools to diagnose Major Depressive Episode and/or anxiety in a South African primary care antenatal clinic…read more