Hospital-diagnosed maternal infections linked to increased autism risk

Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Maternal depression may influence fetal brain development

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies.Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

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 […]

Study shows maternal health program in India failing to deliver

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $ 25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Join IDEAS December 18 for this month’s web seminar: Maternal, perinatal and child death…

This Wednesday, December 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will host this month’s edition of its monthly web seminar series.  This month’s seminar will focus on the issue of maternal, perinatal and child death reviews, drawing  on PMNCH Knowledge Summary #27, which IDEAS developed earlier this year, and covers different types of death review processes, as […]

Recap of the MHTF-PLOS event: Improving Maternal Health

“Improving Maternal Health: Insights from around the world” was held Wednesday at the Harvard School of Public Health. We want to thank all of those who joined us in person and online. And a special thanks to our panelists: Suneth Buddhika Agampodi, Nosakhare G. Orobaton, and Cynthia K. Link to original: Recap of the MHTF-PLOS […]

True documentation of the human cost a maternal death (Tanzania)

Disney movies often spring from the tragedy of a maternal death– think Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, the Fox & the Hound, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast and on it goes. We know that not only is the premature death of any woman is a tragedy, but that obviously there are effects for at least […]

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 […]

Study demonstrates far-reaching impact of maternal deaths on children in Tanzania

Maternal health advocates often point out that when a mother dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, her surviving family members, particularly her children are left to face a range of negative effects. And, indeed, substantial quantitative evidence from around the world has reinforced this claim: there is little doubt that maternal deaths are strongly […]

Humanosphere: Ebola outbreak’s negative impact on maternal mortality

The Awful Ebola-Maternal Mortality Nexus…You don’t need ebola to die from it. Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women. “Liberia has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. Giving birth here is always risky, even when you can count… […]

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