April 15, 2016
Zika, a disease caused by Zika virus, can be spread from mother to child, through sexual contact, mosquito bites and blood transfusion. While most symptoms of Zika are mild, Zika infections in pregnant woman has been linked to microcephaly and other birth abnormalities. Zika has now been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. As a complement to the news and near panic around the illness we are featuring five unheard voices on Zika: **Unheard voice 1: How politics in Brazil makes this worse**
CRADLE device is ready to rock: the first semi-automatic vital signs alert specifically for pregnancy
March 08, 2016
On International Women's Day, we are excited to announce Maternova’s newest addition to our groundbreaking obstetric and neonatal health products: CRADLE Vital Signs Alert by Microlife. The Vital Signs Alert is the first device specifically designed to measure heart rate and blood pressure specifically designed for pregnant women. There have been extensive trials and field testing that have proven both the effectiveness of the VSA, and the ease of use in low-resource settings. It has also been approved by the World Health Organization and was recognized as one of thirty high impact innovations in global health by a PATH-led award. Needless to say, we are thrilled to be the distributor of Vital Signs Alert and begin spreading this high-impact innovation.
March 01, 2016
The Pratt Pouch is at an exciting point right now, on the verge of being introduced or expanded in a number of countries including Ecuador, Uganda, and Nigeria as the most prevalent contenders. With all the progress being made, we wanted to gather information of how the pouch is paired with the recommended ARV regimens, so we did some research on what drugs are recommended for babies born to HIV-positive mothers. Not only was this information usually buried in pages and pages of files, but it also varied widely across different sources.
December 29, 2015
Recently the team at Maternova had an opportunity to chat with a wonderful RN right here in our home state. Conversation ranged from our local maternal health outcomes, to how far behind the USA is falling behind in improving care for expectant Moms. One topic in the conversation that resonated deeply with us, was also one that until that moment, we hadn’t given much thought to. We’ll be interested in your thoughts on this topic, so email us anytime.
November 15, 2015
In this short blog post we draw attention to schistosomiasis and its links to premature birth, in recognition of World Prematurity Day. [Researchers at Brown University in the United States](http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3883168/#JIT446C4) are looking at schistosomiasis and its effects on pregnant women in Leyte, a community in the Philippines. As a quick reminder for those who have not been following our growing interest in this insidious fluke, schistosomiasis is a water-borne parasite that wreaks havoc on internal organs, depending upon its strain.