Breastfeeding Well Begun is Breastfeeding Well Sustained

For most women, sustained breastfeeding can be achievable against the backdrop of constant family, social and health system support, specifically through the institutionalized practice of skin to skin care (SSC) at birth. When efforts and resources are optimized within health facilities to provide technical support for mothers in the crucial...

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Hugging the happiness curve

A ‘dead’ baby brought back to life — not with state-of-art technology, but a mother’s warm, loving hug. This could be straight out of a Bollywood film. But this heart-warming story is a fact. In 2010, Australian Katy Ogg gave birth to premature twins, Emily and Jamie, 14 weeks early....

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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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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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