April 18, 2012
When we came across this unique take on the clean birth kit we were really impressed--anything that puts a unique, positive spin on creating a safer birth is very welcome! This Tibetan birth kit combines 'how to' images and actual implements in a beautiful box meant to be given as a wedding gift. The RISD team rebranded the concept of birth kit as 'sanitary item' into wedding gift. To be clear, this birth kit was only taken through the prototype stage and is not available anywhere for purchase (yet). Kathleen O'Donnell, Soomi Lee and Esther An worked on this project as part of a RISD course in 2010 for a studio class titled "Design for Social Entrepreneurship" taught by Sloan Kulper. We interviewed Kathleen O'Donnell to find out more.
April 03, 2012
Sometimes, the answer to severe hemorrhage turns out to be not a device or gadget, but an innovative surgical technique--in this case the B-Lynch suture. Over 100,000 women die of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) each year, accounting for 35% of all maternal deaths. An estimated [90%](http://globalhealth.kff.org/GHIR/Conditions/Maternal-Hemorrhage.aspx#_edn6) of these cases are caused when the uterus is unable to adequately contract after childbirth (uterine atony).
March 29, 2012
During humanitarian crises (such as armed conflicts, famine, epidemics and natural disasters), danger and uncertainty mean that access to quality reproductive health services is often severely limited. As a result, reproductive health issues become more pronounced and more urgent—including an increase in preventable maternal and child deaths due to lack of emergency obstetric care; sexual violence and trauma; unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions; and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
March 26, 2012
A Free Clinical Textbook on Postpartum Hemorrhage Imagine lifesaving clinical guidelines on maternal health could be made widely available at no cost to health workers across the world. The [Global Library of Women’s Medicine](http://www.glowm.com/) (GLOWM) is a nonprofit initiative doing just this. Published by David and Paula Bloomer, GLOWM aims to advance women’s health by providing free access to a “vast and constantly updated, peer-reviewed resource of clinical information and guidance.”
March 15, 2012
It is widely known that improved access to skilled health professionals and health technologies dramatically improves the chances that mothers and newborns will survive an obstetric emergency. Skilled care utilization is a key indicator for [Millennium Development Goal 5](http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/maternal.shtml).