Maternal Health

It Takes a Village to Save a Mom’s Life

You’ve heard that it takes a village to raise a child, right? Mother’s Day is all about the mom, and I’ll take that margarita you’re pouring me, thank you. But on this day, I choose to give thanks for all … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning

The ‘Most Important Scientific Advance of the 20th Century’ Is Probably In Your Handbag Right Now

Maybe you’re not going to shout it from the rooftops, but there are lots of reasons to be excited about the birth control pill. The pill, which was approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee … Continue Reading

Climate Change, Population and Climate Change

The National Climate Assessment: What About Women?

Earlier this week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released its third National Climate Assessment stating: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” It is here and impacting all of us. … Continue Reading

Maternal Health

Moms Still Die From Eclampsia, But They Don’t Have To

Spoiler alert: Remember when Lady Sybil died on Downton Abbey? That was eclampsia, the second-leading cause of all maternal deaths. We’ve made a lot of progress since the 1920s, but 63,000 women still die from eclampsia every year. The good … Continue Reading

Maternal Health

This Cheap Drug Can Save Women’s Lives. So Why Won’t Countries Purchase It?

More than half of all women around the world give birth at home. That means that out of approximately 135 million births in 2011, 68 million occurred at home, likely without a skilled birth attendant. The World Health Organization (WHO) … Continue Reading

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A Global Call for Safe Abortion

For the past two decades, activists in Latin America and the Caribbean have designated September 28th as a day to call for access to legal and safe abortion. In 2011, they were joined by a network of abortion advocates from … Continue Reading