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

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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

“We used to perceive maternal-perinatal death audits as self-incrimination”

Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Uganda HNN_Admin

As recent as early this year, a mere mention of a maternal or perinatal audit before midwives and nurses in the eastern Uganda district of Kibuku would send shivers down their spine. “We even used to perceive audits as incriminating by reporting ourselves. But from the MPDSR training we now know the importance of conducting … Continued

Nepal lockdown halved health facility births and increased stillbirths and newborn deaths

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Nepal HNN Admin

This article was originally published by the LSHTM COVID-19 response has resulted in major reductions in health facility births in Nepal and widened inequalities, with significantly increased institutional stillbirth and neonatal mortality, according to a new study in the Lancet Global Health. The research was led Dr Ashish KC and Nepal colleagues with Uppsala University, Sweden, and … Continued

During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?

New York Times HNN Admin

This article was originally published by The NY Times This spring, as countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange: Premature births were falling, in some cases drastically. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each … Continued

National Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in Children Launched during National Training of Trainers

Pakistan

July 16, 2020 – Islamabad: The National Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in Children, developed through collaborative efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA), under the leadership of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C), were launched here today, during a three-day National Training of Trainers. The … Continued

WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

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This press release was originally published by UNICEF GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 July 2020 – The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned today of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world. This is due to disruptions in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new data … Continued

Maternal transmission of COVID-19 to baby during pregnancy is uncommon, study finds

Science Daily HNN Admin

This article was written by the University of Nottingham and published by Science Daily. Transmission of COVID-19 from mother to baby during pregnancy is uncommon, and the rate of infection is no greater when the baby is born vaginally, breastfed or allowed contact with the mother, according to a new study. The research also found … Continued

Coronavirus has had a serious effect on postpartum care, explains specialist

Forbes HNN Admin

Written by Alice Broster and published by Forbes It’s likely that over the last few months you’ll have had to adapt almost every aspect of your life because of Covid-19. For new families and parents-to-be, this has been especially uncertain. The pandemic has dramatically transformed giving birth and the postpartum period. Virtual care and video … Continued

Kazol Rani Paul – A Midwife Dedicated to Ensuring Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic   

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Right now, Bangladesh, like other countries, is battling its fight against COVID-19. The entire health system is heavily occupied in meeting the rising demands of health services for COVID-19 patients and continuing their emergency medical services. There is a decline in the demand of seeking healthcare services from general patients fearing contraction of the virus. … Continued

WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19

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Prescriptions for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19 26 May 2020   “The pandemic is a reminder of the intimate and delicate relationship between people and planet. Any efforts to make our world safer are doomed to fail unless they address the critical interface between people and pathogens, and the existential threat of climate … Continued