Why Are Indian Women Not Breastfeeding

NDTV India HNN Admin

India is home to the world’s highest proportion of “small babies” with 46.9 per cent of babies born small for gestational age, contributing to 29 per cent neonatal deaths each year – the most in the world – with prematurity (babies born before 37 weeks) being the leading cause. Ensuring access to human milk is … Continued

School of Public Health receives $95M grant to study environmental influences on child health

Johns Hopkins Magazie United States of America

The National Institutes of Health today announced that the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with the research firm RTI International, will receive a seven-year, $95 million grant to analyze the data from a new initiative designed to understand how the environment influences health beginning in the womb. The Environmental Influences on Child … Continued

UP hospitals to fight infant mortality with mom’s magic touch

Hindustan Times India HNN Admin

In a bright and colourful room in the government-run Veerangana Avanti Bai Women’s Hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, mothers are quietly nurturing their premature infants through their touch. With soothing music in the background, the skin-to-skin contact or Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) between the mother and the baby works wonders ensuring the survival of these … Continued

The Technological Innovations Saving Thousands Of Women And Children From Preventable Deaths

Think Progress

The atrium of the Washington, D.C. government building looks like a particularly high-class science fair. The people manning poster-board stations, however, are all adults — and rather than rather than baking-soda volcanoes, their displays are nearly all adorned with pictures of mothers and children. The presentations are part of the sixth year of “Saving Lives At Birth,” … Continued

Pediadvocates for Every Newborn

Crowd360 HNN Admin

From the last trimester, through childbirth, and up to baby’s fifth birthday, more than 5.3 million lives are lost each year – many from preventable causes. Althoughprogress has been made under the UN Millennium Development Goals, neonatal mortality rates remain unacceptably high. With thousands of pediatric health professionals gathered here in Vancouver, the International Congress … Continued

Giving birth in Guinea: a life or death lottery bereft of midwives and medicine

The Guardian Guinea HNN Admin

A baby was born, took one breath, then left the world again. No amount of the midwife pumping his legs up to his ribcage and back, or poking a finger hard and fast at his chest, would bring him back. His 17-year-old mother lay in pain on the delivery table as her son was wrapped … Continued

How the Zika virus affects an infant’s brain

The Washington Post HNN Admin

August 24, 2016 2:46 PM EDT – Doctors confirmed the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in April. While the most visible sign of microcephaly is the small size of the head, its actually inside the brain where the most damage occurs. (Whitney Leaming, Julio Negron / The Washington Post)

Vietnamese neonatal nurse wins int’l award

Thanh Nien News Vietnam

Vietnamese nurse Nguyen Thi Minh Hong has been named the winner of the International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Awards 2016 for her dedication to mothers and babies in one of Vietnam’s poorest areas over the past three decades. Hong was honored at the Ninth International Conference of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) in Canada on August 15. She and … Continued

True magnitude of stillbirths and maternal and neonatal deaths underreported

HNN Admin

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies News release 16 AUGUST 2016 | GENEVA – The day of birth is potentially the most dangerous time for mothers and babies. Every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days … Continued

Babies to don wearable tech

BangaloreMirror HNN Admin

India has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates and in the absence of adequate facilities in most rural hospitals, neonates may not receive timely care, which may lead to further health complications. To address this major problem, researchers from Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and … Continued