Unnecessary C-sections done in Bangladesh, says Save the Children director Ishtiaq Mannan

bdnews24 Bangladesh

“This is a life-saving procedure. So too many caesarian deliveries are as dangerous as too few,” Dr Ishtiaq Mannan, director of the Save the Children’s health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS wing, said at an orientation programme for journalists on Sunday. Citing the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), he said 23 percent of facility deliveries … Continued

In Nepal, a Monthly Exile for Women

New York Times Nepal

In remote western Nepal, where the Himalayas brush the sky, girls spend their childhoods as they have for generations, dreading growing up. Puberty starts a monthly exile. An entrenched, superstitious practice linked to Hinduism, Chaupadi, considers menstruating women impure and bad luck, rendering them untouchables. Menstruating women are banished, often to forests where they sleep … Continued

‘Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother’: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals

Washington Post Yemen

The infant was barely breathing when his uncle brought him to the hospital in a cardboard box. He was wrapped in a blue towel, and wads of cotton were stuffed around his frail body to keep him warm. Muhammad Haithem was just hours old, born two months premature.His mother had gone into labor when an … Continued

Local leaders’ influence helps safe child birth in rural Bangladesh

bdnews24.com Bangladesh

The family planning wing of the Bangladesh government has adopted a policy to use local government leaders’ influence in ensuring 24/7 normal delivery services and child care at the village level facilities.

Cuddling Preemies Kangaroo Style Helps Into Adulthood

NBC NEWS HNN Admin

Cuddling small and premature babies in a style known as “kangaroo mother care” helps them in life decades later, researchers reported Monday. They found that babies held upright and close to bare skin and breastfed, instead of being left in incubators, grew up with fewer social problems. They were far less likely to die young. … Continued

Experts’ Comments on World Prematurity Day

The Daily Star HNN Admin

A roundtable on World Prematurity Day was held recently at The Daily Star with the support of Save the Children. Distinguished speakers deliberated on the issue and put forward some important recommendations for adoption by the policy makers in their efforts to reduce the rate of preterm deaths in the country. Highlights of the discussion … Continued

The Women of Rural Zambia Walk Miles to Give Birth

Vice Zambia HNN Admin

“I had to use a blanket to cover myself and the whole time I was worried an animal would come and take my baby.” Hariane hadn’t heard the expression “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” To this modest young mother living in rural Zambia, her life, and that of her newborn daughter, was very … Continued

India’s kangaroo mother care: up close and personal

FT India HNN Admin

A project where mothers breastfeed early and hold their babies skin to skin aims to reduce neonatal deaths When Sushma Sahu gave birth to her first son six years ago in a village in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, her mother-in-law asked the local Hindu priest to recommend an auspicious time to start breastfeeding … Continued

Breastfeeding a matter of human rights, say UN experts, urging action on formula milk

UN Human Rights HNN Admin

GENEVA (22 November 2016) – Breastfeeding is a human rights issue for babies and mothers and should be protected and promoted for the benefit of both, a group of United Nations experts says in a statement* made public today. States should take urgent action to stop the “misleading, aggressive and inappropriate” marketing of breast-milk substitutes … Continued

Kangaroo Mother Care Endorsed by Major Pediatric, Obstetric, Nursing, and Midwifery Associations

PRweb HNN Admin

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 16, 2016 Representatives of six major US and international health professional associations released an International Policy Statement for Universal Use of Kangaroo Mother Care for Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants (http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/resource/kmcjointstatement) at a press event held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, November 15. The event, timed to coincide … Continued