Inadequate pregnancy weight gain a risk factor for infant mortality

Women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at increased risk of losing their baby in its first year of life, according to a new study. Gaining more weight than recommended was not a risk factor for infant mortality, but may be related to subsequent maternal health problems. Study authors urge that childbearing […]

Black-white infant mortality gap: Large, persistent, unpredictable

The unobservable factors that underpin the infant mortality gap between blacks and whites have persisted for more than 20 years and now appear to play a larger role than the observable factors, according to a new study. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News

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… […]

Nurse-family partnership reduces preventable mortality

Low-income mothers and their first-born children who received home visits from nurses were less likely to die from preventable causes during a two-decade period, according to a report. Beginning in 1990, this trial enrolled low-income, primarily African-American mothers living in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and assessed maternal and child mortality for over two decades until 2011. Infant’s […]

USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

USAID’s Vision for Action for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality seeks to improve maternal and fetal health at the country-level using holistic and integrated approaches that are locally specific. Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action    The post USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality appeared first on Global Health Hub: news and blogosphere […]

How do “fast-track” countries reduce maternal and child mortality rates?

By Carole Presern: Social and economic development is a mysterious business. In some low- and middle-income countries, economic growth brings very little change to the lives of women and children, especially those in the poorest communities, while other countries achieve near-miracles on very little. What makes the difference? Continue reading: Success factors for women’s and children’s […]

The marvelous findings of the MaiMwana trial: does a 76% drop in maternal mortality get your…

Impressive. In short, that describes the results of the [MaiMwana trial in Malawi] ( which was reported in mid-2013. When written up in the usual format for a medical journal, sometimes spectacular results don’t shine. You want to take a highlighter and just write “Amazing” to get across the point. A 52-76% decrease in […]