Understanding the reasons for hospital and home births in Haiti

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Alka Dev In a country like Haiti, where 60% of women deliver at home, it is not uncommon that women find themselves in very risky situations if something starts to go wrong during labor or delivery. In rural areas...

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Community health volunteers in Zambia show the way to improve survival of mothers and babies

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Paula Quigley Pregnant women in rural communities across Africa face enormous challenges in accessing appropriate health care. Often there are few healthcare providers available locally with the appropriate skills needed for managing complications that may arise during the pregnancy...

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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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Quality, not just quantity: antenatal care in LMICs

On the surface, health records with completed rows of four antenatal care (ANC) visits for each woman, show great success. Indicators on antenatal care coverage – at least one visit and at least four visits – focused efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on increasing the number of ANC...

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