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

Exploring Group Antenatal Care in Low-Resource Settings

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Research in high-income countries has shown that compared to the traditional one-on-one model of antenatal care (ANC), group ANC can offer positive health outcomes. To address the evidence gap in low-resource settings, researchers recently developed a “generic” model of group ANC for low- and middle-income countries and conducted a feasibility study in urban India…read more

Why Research Will Prevail in a Post-Fact World

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By: Ann K. Blanc, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research, Population Council

To end preventable maternal deaths and other persistent global development challenges, we need to work on implementing known solutions that are based on research and proven facts.

Exploring the Barriers and Facilitators of Kangaroo Mother Care

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

Research suggests that kangaroo mother care (KMC) can significantly reduce deaths in newborns as well as the risk of hypothermia and severe illness. Furthermore, it can lead to improved growth, breastfeeding practices and mother–child bonding. A recent study conducted by Chan and colleagues systematically reviewed the barriers and enablers of KMC within a health system…read more

How Kangaroo Mother Care Has Improved Newborn Health Outcomes and Supported Moms in Kenya

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By: Lutomia Mangala, Health Specialist, UNICEF Kenya

Kangaroo mother care involves prolonged continuous skin-to-skin contact between a mother or her surrogate and her preterm or low birth weight infant. For stable preterm infants, this low-cost, high-impact intervention has been shown to offer better thermal regulation and greater health benefits compared to conventional care…read more

New Jobs and Internships in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

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By: Staff, Maternal Health Task Force

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 positions with Save the Children, United Nations Population Fund and the World Health Organization…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