Every woman’s right to a companion of choice during childbirth

WHO strongly recommends supporting women to have a chosen companion during labour and childbirth, including during COVID-19. When a woman has access to trusted emotional, psychological and practical support during labour and childbirth, evidence shows that both her experience of childbirth and her health outcomes can improve. In Companion of choice during labour and childbirth for improved quality of care, … Continued

Coronavirus: Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newborns

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This article was originally published by the UN News The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 116 million babies have been born since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday called for governments to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns that are under increasing threat from strained health services and supply … Continued

A digital response to help ensure safer childbirths during COVID-19

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A new initiative launched today by Maternity Foundation, University of Copenhagen and Laerdal Global Health in collaboration with International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, uses a digital tool to equip midwives in low-resource settings to protect themselves, mothers and newborns from the Coronavirus and to ensure that … Continued

Expansion of the Saving Maternal and Newborn Lives in Refugee Settings Project (Cameroon, Niger, Chad): Summary of Baseline Assessment

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Access to quality health services is essential for women and newborns in refugee contexts. In times of conflict, displacement, or humanitarian emergency, neonatal and maternal health is often compromised and the availability of maternal, newborn, and family planning services becomes even more important. In line with UNHCR’s mandate and with support from the Bill and … Continued

Infant Deaths Not One Hospital’s Problem. Here’s Why Infants Continue To Die Across India.

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This article was originally published by IndiaSpend Since December 1, 2019, over 500 infant deaths were reported from just six government hospitals in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Rajasthan, over 101 infants died in Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, 102 died in Jodhpur’s Umaid and MDM hospitals, and 124 in Bikaner’s Sardar Patel Medical College in the … Continued

Over 900 Infants Died In One Hospital In India In 2019. What Went Wrong?

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This story was originally published by NPR By Kamala Thiagarajan In December 2019 and in the first week of January, 104 infants died in a government-run hospital in Kota, a city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. And in one 48-hour period in mid-December at the J.K. Lon Maternal and Child Hospital, there were … Continued

UNICEF Estimates 400,000 Babies Will Be Born On New Year’s Day

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This article was originally published by NPR  The baby girl cooing in a hospital in the Pakistani capital was long awaited. Her mother, Ambreen Saddam, 28, had been trying to conceive for four years. She gave birth at 9 a.m., Islamabad time, Jan. 1, 2020. That date made the birth even sweeter, says Saddam. “It’s … Continued

Target to reduce newborn deaths within reach

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This article was originally published by FIGO Impressive progress has been made across the world to improve the health and survival rate of young children. The number of infants who die before the age of five has more than halved since 1990, from 93 deaths per 1000 live births to 39 per 1000 live births … Continued

Newborn care units at Health Centre IV: the MANeSCALE experience

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From explaining how to mix drugs in the right doses for premature babies to explaining how a radiant warmer works, Nursing Officer Sarah Mirembe clearly knows what she is doing given the confidence she exudes. It is apparent from her talk that she has no problem with dump dusting and mopping her workstation in order … Continued

Why Kenyan women and their babies are still dying at childbirth

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This article was originally published by Daily Nation (Kenya) here. By Dorothy Otieno Medical care for new mothers and their babies is in a sorry state, with doctors, nurses and clinical officers routinely ignoring clinical guidelines and lacking skills to treat and manage complications, reveals a NationNewsplex investigation. Lack of essential drugs and limited access … Continued