Breast milk could help prevent heart disease caused by premature birth, RCSI study

EurekAlert HNN Admin

This article was originally published by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland via EurekAlert Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to a paper led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Rotunda Hospital. The review article, … Continued

Where Doulas Calm Nerves and Bridge Cultures During Childbirth

New York Times HNN Admin

HALMSTAD, Sweden — Maria Hussein, who escaped the war in Syria, was many hours into labor in a Swedish hospital when the midwife realized her fetus was in distress, and called in an obstetrician to help. The doctor began giving Ms. Hussein instructions and reassurance in Swedish. Oksana Kornienko, who works as a doula culture … Continued

Confronting the Sorrow and Silence of Stillbirth

New York Times HNN Admin

In one picture, a father holds the tiniest of caskets. In another, a couple stares at their lifeless newborn as if in a trance. Frame by frame, the pictures depict the sorrow of a stillbirth, a global health issue that is often hidden despite claiming millions of lives each year. Matthieu Zellweger, a Swiss photographer … Continued

Breastfeeding a matter of human rights, say UN experts, urging action on formula milk

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Breastfeeding is a human rights issue for babies and mothers and should be protected and promoted for the benefit of both, a group of United Nations experts says in a statement* made public today. States should take urgent action to stop the “misleading, aggressive and inappropriate” marketing of breast-milk substitutes in a multi-billion-dollar global industry.

Why don’t people talk more about stillbirths?

BBC

Nine babies are stillborn every day in the UK, on average Emma Beck’s second child was stillborn after eight months of pregnancy Lingering questions about her daughter’s death led her on a quest to find out more about stillbirth and the taboo that surrounds it

Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico delivers on all counts!

Overall the Global Maternal and Newborn Health (GMNHC) delivered on all counts of a great meeting.

Are we winning against maternal and infant mortality?

Researchers, activists, officials and journalists gather in Mexico City to discuss healthcare for mothers and infants.

Want to save 3 million lives? Improve quality of care at birth

This World Breastfeeding Week, we celebrate the health interventions that has the greatest potential impact on child survival – and doesn’t cost a dime.

A pledge to action on congenital disorders

Tanzania, United Republic of HNN Admin

Close to 300 participants from 37 countries attended The 7th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from September 21-24, 2015.

Launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

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Launch of the new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.