Maternal Health

Goodbye Life, Hello Child: Why It Took Me Time to Love My Son

Caroline Keetch | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

This loss of everything I took for granted in my adult life was much more overwhelming to me than the love I felt for my baby. I know, I said it, shoot me world - and what a world we live in when it comes to 'views' on mothers. How we should feel, how we should look, how we should react... the expectations are real and they are fired at a new mother like arrows from a bow.

Midwifery Training Video Launched to Save Babies Lives

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Heidi Eldridge

The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world and at least 1 third of stillbirths are related to fetal growth restriction. At least 10% of all babies born are growth restricted.

More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

No Laughing Matter; Lunch With Desmond Tutu

Brigid McConville | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Brigid McConville

With the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, South African found its voice - and during the memorial service, its silence - in Desmond Tutu. He was Mandela's ally through so many decades of struggle. He remains a hugely respected scourge of the world's wrongs, and irrepressible champion of the oppressed.

Money Spent on Medical Negligence Claims Could Be Reduced but the Right to Bring a Claim Must Remain

Caroline Klage | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Caroline Klage

Reports about the amount of money being spent by the NHS on medical negligence claims highlight the urgent need for deep-rooted changes in the way services are delivered and the way claims are handled...

Disability: Emerging From the Shadows?

Dominic Haslam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dominic Haslam

Five years' on, maternal health is a UK Government priority, has massive investment, and we are seeing a huge reduction in the number of women and children dying in childbirth globally. Choose the right issue at the right time, and a Parliamentary inquiry really can change the debate - and more importantly, change lives.

Is It Actually That Safe to Have a Baby on the NHS?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ed Fletcher

When a mother-to-be presents to a maternity ward preparing for the birth of her child, she is admitted to the care of healthcare professionals and should be able to feel confident in their support. By reflecting on those occasions when services have failed, we can devise actionable improvements to better outcomes for patients and staff, and ensure our hospitals are safe.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

No Mother Left Behind - What the Millenium Development Goals Mean for the Mothers of the Central African Republic

Laura Jepson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Laura Jepson

This week marks 100 days since the report of the high level panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As eminent persons and development academics once again turn their thoughts to what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it's worth remembering what these debates really mean for mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mothers and Babies: Maternal and Paediatric Healthcare Around the World

Rosalyn Smith | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rosalyn Smith

The birth of the Royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, was a time to celebrate for most of the British public. Unmarred by worries of a traumatic birth in volatile conditions in a country where we are lucky enough to have free access to healthcare. But others are not so lucky. Every day, around 1,000 women die in childbirth or from a pregnancy-related complication.

Progress for Family Planning but 16Million Adolescent Pregnancies Left Behind

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Professor Joy Lawn

There are more adolescent pregnancies than ever before: 16million girls under the age of 18 give birth each year, 95% of which are in low and middle income countries. One in three girls in these countries will be pregnant by their 20th birthday, and many are unplanned.

Maternity Ward Sales Reps, Ultrasound Parties and 3D Models of Your Foetus - Welcome to the Commercial Face of Childbirth

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Off my face on painkillers and hormones after an emergency c. section and haemorrhage, I was repeatedly pressured by a sales rep to buy baby photographs. She kept returning to see if I'd 'made a decision'; I could barely decide which way up my baby was supposed to be. Of course this should be banned. It's borderline barbarism and places commercial factors above maternal wellbeing.

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Toni Harman | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and well-being of millions of women around the world. That cause is human rights in childbirth.

Postnatal Cravings in Singapore

Priyam Sharma | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Priyam Sharma

Exhausted, time-poor new mothers relish the beautifully packaged bundles of nutritious goodness carefully crafted by clinical experts, together with advice from their Chinese Physician at Thomson Chinese Medicine. The 28-day menu is catered to mothers who have more discerning palates, whilst maintaining the nutritional aspects of the herbs used in preparing the meals.

'Sorry, We're Full,' Hospitals Tell Pregnant Women

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK

Thousands of expectant mothers are being turned away from maternity wards due to staff shortages and a lack of available beds, it was reported. Fig...

Maternal Health Whistleblower Arrested

Rita Pal | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

Madhuri Ramakrishnasway, a maternal health activist was arrested on the 16th May 2013 outside the court in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh [MP], India. The p...

Breaking Down Health Data by Ethnicity: A Lively Debate at Women Deliver

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

So why such vociferous reactions to the call for data to be disaggregated by ethnicity? Partly this reflects the practical difficulties in collecting and analysing data at a sub-national level in parts of the world where it is challenging enough to undertake surveys that simply capture national averages.

Raising Awareness for World Prematurity Day

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Sadly 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks resulting in 1.1 million babies dying every year around the globe. The staggering fact is that reports show around 75% of these deaths could be prevented with better health education and medical care.

Maternal Health is an Issue for All

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Causes of maternal mortality include unsafe abortions, obstructed labour, high blood pressure, severe bleeding after childbirth, and post-natal infections. Poor maternal health is also influenced by malnutrition from low iron levels and iodine deficiency.

A Golden Moment to End a Golden Summer

Adrian Lovett | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes deserved every bit of the great parade we saw last week. But why didn't this celebration happen again yesterday? That's when the UN announced that the number of children dying each year under the age of five has fallen by 41% since 1990. While 12 million died in 1990, just under seven million lives were lost in 2011. That's 14,000 a day less than were dying in 1990. The progress made in reducing child deaths must be one of the biggest success stories of the last decade. Yet there was no tickertape parade.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.

Women's Groups Saving and Changing Lives

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

I am witnessing a monthly meeting by the Chandrajarkie village women's group, which is organised and monitored by the village women. I'm here because I want to understand how the group has achieved a public health and social breakthrough: a massive reduction in neonatal mortality, and a huge step forward in the self-confidence of women.

Doubling our Impact in a Single Shot

Helen Evans | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK
Helen Evans

We have a chance to make history in the fight against rubella and measles. The human and economic toll of these diseases is huge and preventable.

The White Ribbon Alliance in China

Sarah Brown | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK
Sarah Brown

A mother will always fight for the best for her child; we must fight for the mother so she can do this. And by working together we can achieve this.