Doctors Test Bacterial Smear After Cesarean Sections To Bolster Babies’ Microbiomes

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Danielle Vukadinovich is sitting up in a hospital bed at the Inova Women’s Hospital in Falls Church, Va., waiting to give birth. “I feel good, I’m excited!” says Vukadinovich, 35, of Annandale, Va., “Nervous, but good!” Vukadinovich is getting a cesarean section today. It’s the second time for her — she underwent the surgical procedure … Continued

How Natural Birth Became Inaccessible to the Poor

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Pilar* gave birth in a private, “humanized” hospital in Mexico City that takes a holistic approach to health and combines world-class medicine with the comforts of a five-star hotel. The exterior walls of the hospital are covered with ivy, the floors are marble, and soothing tunes from a piano often echo in the multilevel foyer. … Continued

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

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A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

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.

School of Public Health receives $95M grant to study environmental influences on child health

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The National Institutes of Health today announced that the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with the research firm RTI International, will receive a seven-year, $95 million grant to analyze the data from a new initiative designed to understand how the environment influences health beginning in the womb. The Environmental Influences on Child … Continued

Born 4 Months Early, This Tiny Survivor Beats the Odds

National Geographic United States of America

She was born at 23 weeks and six days, a period dubbed by the doctors as “the gray zone.” Kelley Benham and her husband, Tom French, had relied on technology through fertility treatments to have her. They named her Juniper and she weighed but one pound and four ounces. Born so prematurely, Juniper was given … Continued

Our maternal mortality rate is a national embarrassment

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American moms are twice as likely as women in some other rich nations to die in childbirth.

Our maternal mortality rate is a national embarrassment

The United States ranks near the bottom of the world’s wealthy countries when it comes to the number of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, according to new data from the World Health Organization.

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.