According to a report by Gonzalo Ortiz of InterPress News Service (IPS), Ecuador has achieved a steep decline in maternal deaths and illness through a model program “centered on the mother’s needs and not those of the doctor or midwife.”
What happens when a doctor’s conscience tells him the life of a non-viable fetus is more important than the life of the pregnant woman and what is the responsibility of the state?
Conventional wisdom won’t help reduce death and illness related to complications of pregnancy, childbirth or unsafe abortion. But a multi-facted approach to reducing maternal death and illness can.
As an addendum to yesterday’s a broad-brush overview of the implications for women of the health reform, here is an overview of how the bill addresses midwifery provided by certified nurse-midwives and expands the conditions under which nurse-midwives may provide broader health care services.
Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world. It’s past time to fix this.
We urgently need to make adolescent girls and young women a priority in research, legal reforms, and funding. Only by doing so can our societies overcome the “indecent inequality” of maternal death.
Women’s groups in Nicaragua are calling on the international community to take action on the case of Amelia (an alias, also sometimes spelled Amalia), the pregnant Nicaraguan woman now being denied a therapeutic abortion and effective cancer treatment to save her life.
Evidence suggests that maternal mortality rates in the U.S. may be increasing. They have spiked in California where it’s now more dangerous to give birth than it is in Kuwait or Bosnia.
Uganda experiences the highest unmet need for contraception in sub-Saharan Africa; a judge dismisses Christian adoption agency challenge of stem-cell research process; ACLU responds to criticism of Kentucky Courier-Journal editorial
Wendy Atterberry shares her experience and a warning about her switch from a branded to a generic contraceptive; lack of access to contraceptives drives unsafe abortion in Uganda; lawmakers in Peru consider expansion of indications for legal abortion; bioethicist asserts women are being treated as a “special interest” in health care reform debate.