Challenging the Stigma Around Stillbirth: Sharing Stories as Awareness

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Maria Tejada de Rivera Sawers Most of us know someone who has experienced the devastation of stillbirth. You might not be aware that you know them. You might think stillbirths only ever happen in developing countries, due to lack...

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How Kangaroo Mother Care Has Improved Newborn Health Outcomes and Supported Moms in Kenya

Prematurity is one of the leading causes of neonatal mortality in Kenya. Approximately 188,000 babies in Kenya are born too soon. Health workforce shortage, limited skills and lack of infrastructure including appropriate equipment, commodities and space* pose challenges to managing preterm births. Where equipment is available, it is often inadequate...

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Midwives on the Edge—Providing Essential Care in Crisis Settings

Across many settings, midwives are key players in the maternal health workforce. The Maternal Health Task Force’s Kayla McGowan recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sera Bonds, Founder/CEO of Circle of Health International, for her insight into successes, challenges and the role of midwifery in crisis settings. KM: Please describe...

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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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