WHO Recommendations: Intrapartum Care for a Positive Childbirth Experience

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New Intrapartum Care Guideline from the World Health Organization Focuses on a Positive Childbirth Experience

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

To complement the 2016 antenatal care recommendations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published new recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. Notably, the guideline recommends respectful maternity care and companionship of choice during labor and childbirth for all women. WHO also states that unnecessary medical procedures should be avoided if labor is progressing normally and the woman and her baby are in good condition…read more

Leading Experts Discuss Fistula, Safe Surgery and the Way Forward

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

While safe surgical practices can improve maternal health outcomes, surgery can pose its own risks and complications. The Maternal Health Task Force’s Kayla McGowan recently had the pleasure of interviewing two leading experts in the field of fistula and safe surgery, Dr. Thomas Raassen and Carrie Ngongo. Read key takeaways for the maternal health community….read more