Perinatal Loss: Initial Perspectives Around Stillbirth & Traumatic Grief

This is a bilingual English-Spanish post. / Este es un mensaje bilingüe en inglés y español. Video Blog on Traumatic Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD / Video Blog obre el duelo traumático con Dra. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD Hi, my name is Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. I am an Associate Research Professor at Arizona State University. […]

The world needs more midwives.

The world needs more midwives. Millennium Development Goals include increasing the number of skilled birth providers on a global level to improve maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates.   Often when we talk about global maternal and neonatal outcomes, our assumption is that the US is exempt from them.  However, the obstetric care work force […]

Mahila Musings: Nepal, Part 2

In Part 1 of our video series, Mahila Partnership President, Angela Devlen introduced Sabita, our now long-time partner and team leader in Nepal. Due the status of women and children in Nepal, Sabita is a strong health, nutrition and disaster risk reduction advocate. She has experienced first-hand the impacts of reoccurring landslides in the areas where she […]

Stories from Guatemala: The intersection between chronic malnutrition and access to contraception.”

For about one-third of my life (soon to reach 75 years of age) I have lived in Guatemala, a country that deserves a much better government than it has ever had. It is a beautiful, agricultural country, and yet some 50% of its children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition[i], which results in both growth […]

Respectful Maternity Care: Think Globally, Act Locally.

Think globally, act locally. With momentum building, nowhere is this axiom more relevant than in the context of Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). Recently, USAID, The White Ribbon Alliance, and The Health Policy Project published a brief called “Pulling Back the Curtain on Disrespect and Abuse: The Movement to Ensure Respectful Maternity Care”[1]. The brief details […]

A Serious Game- Maternity Clinic: Working Together to Care for Mothers and Babies

After a long day at a global health meeting, senior level nurses and midwives huddled over a game board, intensely concentrated. Scrabble addicts? Settlers of Catan competitors? Parcheesi enthusiasts? If you guessed any of the above, you were wrong. The health professionals were playing Maternity Clinic, a serious board game developed by Jhpiego, an international […]

By introducing and evaluating a postpartum hemorrhage package with ultra-low-cost uterine balloon tamponade embedded in underserved areas of Africa, we are working to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage.

Thomas Burke, MD

Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies – Uterine Balloon Tamponade: Innovating to end maternal deaths from uncontrolled postpartum hemorrhage.

As of May 29 2015, 216 UBTs have been placed in critically ill, hemorrhaging women and death and disability has been averted in 204. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the most common cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. More than 30 percent of all maternal deaths worldwide are attributable to PPH, accounting for […]

Putting an End to Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths through Advocacy

Mothers everywhere want the same thing for their kids; to see them grow up healthy and strong and realize the full potential that every child brings to the world. Medical practitioners get to see the beginnings of these dreams, providing a safe and healthy start to life for both mom and baby. Sadly, too often, […]

Can Film Save Lives? How one organisation is using film to train nurses and midwives in Somaliland

By Francis Webster, Head of Development at Medical Aid Films If you are an expectant mother or a child under 5 years old, then one of the most dangerous places in the world to live is Somaliland.  This autonomous region in Somalia has among the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world, with […]