SickKids contributes to first International Standards to assess fetal growth and newborn size worldwide

Brazil, China, India, Kenya, United States of America

The international standards – one for the growing fetus and the other for newborns – provide doctors and midwives with clinical tools that can be incorporated immediately into practice during pregnancy and at birth.

Born equal: Babies born to healthy mothers worldwide grow similarly in the womb and are of strikingly similar size at birth

Brazil, China, India, Kenya, United States of America

Poor nutrition and health, not race or ethnicity, cause most of the current wide disparities in fetal growth and newborn size

Malawi: Government to increase health budget for women, children

Bolivia, Cameroon, Malawi, United States of America

Malawi has committed to increasing financial alocations for the health budget with 30 percent of it to cater for health of women and children.

Finally, neonatal mortality prevention gains attention

Bolivia, Cameroon, India, Malawi, United States of America

All the 194 countries that attended the World Health Assembly last month agreed to a commitment to support and implement measures that would save these lives.

Canada ensures that the health of women and children remains a global priority

Ethiopia, India, United States of America

Minister Paradis attends the high-level forum Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths in Washington, DC.

Seattle Children’s studies hormone that may save premature babies

United States of America

The goal: to give preemies a much needed edge, to cheat death and disability.

$100 million to S.F. hospitals for premature birth research

United States of America

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals is receiving $100 million to fund research into premature birth over the next 10 years from a pair of prominent tech donors: Marc and Lynne Benioff and the Bill and Melinda Gates Toundation.

Infant simulator mimics neonatal emergencies

United States of America

The mannequin, known as Newborn HAL, mimics a full-term baby at birth.

California’s preterm birth rate declines

United States of America

Preterm birth, defined as before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually.

Breastfeeding benefits newborn and mother

United States of America

Due to the unique, irreproducible properties of breast milk, breastfed children develop fewer ear, intestinal, and lung infections. Parents miss fewer days of work, and fewer children die from preventable infectious diseases.