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

Born 4 Months Early, This Tiny Survivor Beats the Odds

National Geographic United States of America

She was born at 23 weeks and six days, a period dubbed by the doctors as “the gray zone.” Kelley Benham and her husband, Tom French, had relied on technology through fertility treatments to have her. They named her Juniper and she weighed but one pound and four ounces. Born so prematurely, Juniper was given … Continued

Twelve Innovators Get Funding from Saving Lives at Birth

HNN Admin

International Partnership Invests $3.4 Million to Accelerate Innovations that Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths and Stillbirth in the Hardest to Reach Regions of the World WASHINGTON, DC – After fierce competition, 12 of the world’s most promising ideas to save lives at birth in developing countries have edged out nearly 650 other applicants, securing millions in … Continued

More than half of newborns not breastfed in first hour raising health risks – UNICEF

HNN Admin

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, July 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than half of newborn babies are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at heightened risk of disease and death, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Friday, highlighting sub-Saharan Africa as an area of concern. Feeding babies within an … Continued

Giving Voice to the Realities of Stillbirth


She stands there staring at you. After nine months of pregnancy she holds out her empty arms. Her baby died before it had a chance to live. She is from every country and most commonly from poorer, younger, marginalized or conflict-affected populations. How she reacts to the stillbirth may vary according to her culture. But … Continued

Breast milk is superfood that a baby deserves

Punch Nigeria

It is common knowledge that breastfeeding a baby is good for his or her health, as the breast milk is considered a superfood by experts. Experts say that in the first hours and days of her baby’s life, the mother produces milk called colostrum, which is the most potent natural immune system booster known to … Continued

Breast-feeding the microbiome

The New Yorker

Every mammal mother produces complex sugars called oligosaccharides, but human moth­ers, for some reason, churn out an exceptional variety: so far, scientists have identified more than two hundred human milk oligosaccharides, or H.M.O.s. They are the third-most plentiful ingredient in human milk, after lactose and fats, and their structure ought to make them a rich … Continued