The Power of Compassion: How Legislators Can Help After Stillbirth

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirth series by Terrell Hatzilias, PhD “This is one of those things we can do as a body that really is going to make a difference, to real people in this world.” Washington State Senator Ron Muzzall, speaking in favor of allowing...

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Campaigning to Reduce Stillbirths in Canada (and beyond)

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirth series by Nadine Belzile of BabyKicks.ca and BébéBouge.ca On January 7, 2021, I published an opinion piece about why we need to take action to reduce preventable stillbirths in Canada. In it, I explain how my daughter was stillborn in 2012 and...

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Mexican Midwife Improves Quality of Care for Mothers

By providing compassionate and culturally appropriate care to women throughout their reproductive life, trained and supported midwives are critical to closing the gaps in human resources for health and helping to reduce maternal and newborn deaths. Gloria Flores, a licensed nurse and perinatal specialist from Morelos state, Mexico, is working...

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How can we improve the care of small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries?: A summary of a global discussion on CHIFA: Part 2

A recent study on the measurement of service readiness for providing inpatient care of small and sick newborns puts the spotlight on improving monitoring systems, quality of care and investments in health systems scale-up to end preventable newborn death and disability, as discussed in Part 2 in a series of...

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From Zambia to the World: A New Pathway for Saving Newborn Lives

Growing trees make a forest. —Zambian proverb My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my 2 years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in...

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