When mothers around the world are supported – by ensuring they have access to family planning – families, communities, and nations flourish.
The WHO lists 30 essential drugs for maternal and child health, Montanans don’t want to ban abortion, Princeton Theological Seminarians upset by distribution of racist flyers, and health care reform turns one!
Today’s bully, or let’s say one of them because there are so many to deal with each day, is Representative Bob Latta, Republican from the 5th District in Ohio. Mr. Latta has introduced an amendment to the GOP’s proposed Continuing Resolution that would eliminate all funding for international family planning. It could be voted on today.
I traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2003. I left there a different woman than I came. Women in Haiti are 70 times more likely than women in the U.S. to suffer and die from preventable conditions during pregnancy and childbirth.
Given the potential for increased access to family planning to save lives in Africa, it’s disappointing that so few women use any method at all, and that many of those who do use “natural” methods.
Breastfeeding is a critical first step in a newborn’s health. And this year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on establishing an optimal foundation for it through the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”
Dutch researchers find prolonged and extended (and exclusive) breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk of infectious diseases in infants, confirming what we’ve known for a long time: breast is best, if only society would actually prioritize the support women and babies need to ensure it happens.
The infant mortality crisis in the United States is one of the most shameful examples of health disparities in our country. Ending it may require a total “re-imagining” of prenatal care.
What role does racism play in the disgracefully high rates of low birth-weight, prematurity, and infant deaths among African-American infants and the high rate of maternal death among African-American women?
Breastfeeding may not be a panacea to maternal and infant health disparities but it is a proven way to improve health outcomes. But to make it real, we have to holistically support new mothers and their babies in breastfeeding.