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

Maternal Health

How a Refrigerator Can Help Save Women’s Lives Oxytocin Can Prevent Hemorrhage, But Only If It’s Kept Cold

Imagine a scenario where a woman prepares for her upcoming birth with her family. She organizes the necessary transportation to travel a long distance, and saves enough money to pay for the delivery. She’s done everything possible to ensure her … Continue Reading

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The Other Half

Él es mi media naraja: “He is the other half to my orange.” During my Peace Corps service in El Salvador, many women would describe their husbands to me this way. It seemed like the perfect description for how men … Continue Reading