Tech4MH: A guest blog series on technologies for improving maternal health care

The Maternal Health Task Force is excited to announce the launch of Tech4MH, a blog series that will focus on technologies that hold promise for meeting the challenges of delivering maternal health care in low resource settings. The series will feature posts from product designers, health technology and programming experts, and donors on innovations. Posts […]

Differing care in obstetrics at rural versus urban hospitals

Rates of unnecessary cesarean section and other potentially risky obstetric procedures show some significant differences between rural and urban hospitals in the United States, reports a study in the January issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical […]

Free maternity services in Kenya: Do they include respectful maternity care?

Guest post by Nora Miller, Research Assistant for the Respectful Maternity Care program at the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. Unlike many of its neighboring countries, where progress has been made toward the MDG 5 target of increasing the proportion of births with a skilled birth attendant (SBA), Kenya […]

Women’s views on NHS maternity care published

“Thousands suffer ‘frightening’ births in failing NHS care,” The Daily Telegraph reports, alongside headlines in the Daily Mail and BBC News website about “Worry as women left alone in labour”. These headlines stem from a national survey of women’s experience during pregnancy, labour and birth in England, conducted by the Care Quality Commission. The findings […]

Personal care products possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products, infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the US, researchers have reported. Their findings on parabens have been linked to reproductive and other health issues. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News

The Limits of Palliative Cancer Care in Guatemala

As cancer rates increase around the world, so does the need for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.  The world’s poorest cancer patients tend to come to medical attention at advanced stages, when pain management represents the only therapeutic option.  The WHO advocates the development of palliative care programs in poor countries, describing that […]

Maternal health leaders propose research agenda for preconception care

The concept of preconception care has emerged in recent years as a potentially vital tool for not only improving adolescent girls’ and women’s chances of having healthy pregnancies and newborns, but of supporting their reproductive health status over time.  It holds special promise for women and couples who have particular health needs, such as HIV-positive […]

Pediatric preventive care guidelines need retooling for computerized format

Substantial work lies ahead to convert the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Future’s guidelines into computerized prompts for physicians, researchers report, but the payoff has the potential to significantly benefit patients from birth to age 21. “A major advantage would be the ability to generate clinical decision prompts using a child’s age and gender and […]

Dermatologist cautions parents about misinformation on safety of children’s skin care products

Before the advent of Internet search engines, parents obtained much of their medical advice from their child’s doctor. Today, with a plethora of information available at their fingertips, parents have more sources to consult than ever before. Yet dermatologists warn parents that not everything they read on blogs and websites about the safety of skin […]

Larger newborn care units provide better protection for very preterm babies

New estimates to assess how organizational factors in England impact clinical outcomes of infants born preterm have been outlined by a new study. Results demonstrated that for preterm babies born at less than 33 weeks gestation, the odds of dying in hospital were 32 per cent less if they were admitted to high volume units […]

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