Family Planning, Maternal Health

We Could Save 47,000 Lives Every Year If We Fix This Problem

Each year, nearly 22 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide, and every 11 minutes, a woman dies from an unsafe abortion. Depressing? Absolutely. Inevitable? Not at all. This new video from Marie Stopes International (MSI) not only explains the risks … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Maternal Health

Midwives Set The Tone (And A New World Record)

This week, thousands of midwives from all over the word are gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, for the 30th Triennial Congress of Midwives. The theme for the 2014 Congress is “Midwives: Improving Women’s Health Globally”—a nod to the key role … Continue Reading

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

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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Beware of the Blood-Sucking Spending Bill!

  Since the Republican takeover in the House in 2011, advocates have fought with the tenacity of vampire hunters and zombie slayers to successfully block annual efforts by the House to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, prohibit a U.S. contribution … Continue Reading