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Keeping Health Systems Accountable: A Critical Component of the Every Woman, Every Child Campaign

Poor quality maternity care, abuse by health workers, and health systems that are unaccountable to pregnant women and mothers all can subvert efforts brimming over with resources and political will.

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My Invisible Earthquake: One Woman’s Journey Through Stillbirth

Malika as guest speaker on 100th celebration of International Women’s Day at a fundraising event in Cape Town.

On New Year’s morning in January 2003, my life took a shocking turn with my obstetrician uttering three simple but devastating words: no fetal heartbeat. Several attempts to induce labor finally lead us to my first and only daughter’s stillbirth at dawn on Friday, January 3, 2003.

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Doctors v. Midwives: A Gross Double Standard?

Doctors in North Carolina performed a cesarean section on a woman who was not pregnant. The disciplinary action? A public “letter of concern.” A midwife would have had her license revoked. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Amidst wealth, dire reproductive health needs

Angola is the seventh wealthiest nation in Africa. It has oil—and lots of it. But maternal mortality is high and the total fertility rate is nearly seven children per woman, on par with some of the world’s poorest countries.

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RH Reality Check Interviews Melissa Cheyney, Midwife

Melissa Cheyney is a midwife and home birth advocate who has devoted her career to bringing new life into this world and who works to improve relationships between hospital and home birth providers.

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