Investing in Maternal & Newborn Health and Nutrition.

Over the past 25 years, great strides have been made in maternal and newborn health — the number of maternal deaths dropped by nearly half since 1990, and the number of newborn deaths fell 47% between 1990 and 2015.

And yet, in spite of substantial advances in maternal and newborn health over recent decades, roughly 300,000 girls and women still die due to pregnancy- and childbirth related complications every year. 830 a day. One every 2 minutes.

This isn’t just unacceptable – it’s unnecessary.

Providing quality healthcare and nutritional support for all women and babies is a small price to pay for a healthy generation.

This month, Women Deliver returns to its roots by focusing our monthly theme on Maternal and Newborn Health, but in the spirit of the Deliver for Good campaign we are taking an integrated approach by also spotlighting the critical role nutrition plays in saving lives and safeguarding the health of women and newborns, just as we are linking maternal health to other issues like non communicable diseases, gender equality, and education. Our work is varied: bringing unseen issues like diabetes in pregnancy out of the shadows; elevating the work of midwives; highlighting breastfeeding as a healthy practice; and advocating for safe abortion as a strategy to lower maternal deaths.


Katja Iversen: Diabetes in Pregnancy—a Neglected Cause of Maternal Mortality
The British Medical Journal
In the lead up to the 70th World Health Assembly (22-31 May), president and CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen, highlights a neglected health problem that must be addressed in order to improve maternal and newborn health and reach global goals: diabetes in pregnancy.
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Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds
New York Times
One of the biggest worldwide public health triumphs in over the past decades has been decreasing maternal mortality. Global death ratio fell by more than a third from 2000 to 2015. The United States, however, is one of the few countries in the world that have gone against the grain, new data show.
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Parallel Lives
Video by Water Aid
Being a midwife in Tanzania is a world away from delivering life in the UK. WaterAid's Parallel Lives film allows you to see two very different worlds, and experience what life is like for midwives. Follow Juliana in rural Tanzania and Delia in the UK to experience a day in the life for two very different women. 
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Lancet Maternal Health Series: A Conversation with Wendy Graham
Women Deliver
Women Deliver sat down with Professor Wendy Graham, Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to talk about the current landscape of maternal health care and services, future challenges, and strategies to improve maternal health and wellbeing.
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Maternal Mortality in Cameroon: An Urgent Need for Action
Nehsuh Carine Alongifor, Women Deliver Young Leader
Cameroon is ranked 18th among the 20 countries in the world with second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortality rate. Many poor women and girls in Cameroon experience difficulties accessing quality health care service.
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Playing Soccer for Maternal Health
The Maternity Foundation
The Global Goals World Cup began in Copenhagen in 2016 as a tribute to the power of sport to change the world. The football matches are played by a different set of rules, awarding points for both scoring goals as well as working for the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
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Clean Cookstoves May Reduce High Blood Pressure Risk in Pregnant Women
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Replacing biomass and kerosene cookstoves used throughout the developing world with clean-burning ethanol stoves may reduce hypertension and cardiovascular risk for pregnant women, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
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Respectful Maternity Care Can Lead to Successful Breastfeeding: A Win for Mother and Baby
Submitted by:
White Ribbon Alliance
Emergency on the Island
Submitted by:
Pathfinder International
Could Nutrition Be The Step Missing To Truly Step It Up For Gender Equality Towards A Planet 50-50?
Submitted by:
Scaling Up Nutrition
A Partnership Approach to Improved Maternal Newborn and Child Health
Submitted by: World Vision Ireland
For more stories and resources on Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition, please visit our May Thematic Focus Webpage.

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