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clean birth kits, CleanBirth, Laos, safe birth, Safe Motherhood
February 18, 2013

We met "CleanBirth" on twitter and then got to know her better on a Twitter party hosted last week by @worldmomsblog. This unfolding story is a concrete example of how social media can forge new connections and learning--very rapidly. It's also an example of how one person makes a difference for hundreds of mothers.

CleanBirth.org works in Laos on the extremely high rates of maternal mortality there. There are so many barriers to women getting to the clinic (tradition, family constraints, money, distance) but if the nurses can convey the benefits to moms and baby we may make some headway.

UN Photo, Kurdistan, Iraq, maternal health, MNCH, UNfEWEC, EWEC
February 14, 2013

We know it's tough to keep track of all the different maternal and children's health foundations, coalitions, and initiatives, with tons out there and more cropping up every day. Each large scale partnership or initiative fills a niche, seeking to reduce maternal mortality through slightly different means. Maternova has put together a cheat-sheet on these newer campaigns and initiatives.

 infant mortality, "birthing stool", Ghana MDG, maternal health, birth position
February 12, 2013

Today there will be roughly 200,000 babies born into the world. To put that into perspective, that’s just shy of the entire population of Richmond, Virginia which boasts 205,000 or so residents. Progress towards meeting UN Millennium goals 4 & 5 are gaining more and more momentum, largely due in part towards the push to increase the presence of Front Line Health Workers in the most under-served countries.

travois, emergency transport, refugee transport
February 04, 2013

In times of crisis, and times of exodus, it is the sides of the roads that reveal the true costs of refugee flight. The margins along the routes that lead from conflict to safety bear witness to the harrowing passage of fleeing masses, and the physical traces of those who could not complete the journey. They harbor ditches and last-ditch efforts, littered with abandoned articles, hope--and in the worst cases--even family members.

How high is your pain threshold?
January 30, 2013

The term ‘Laj’ is used by Nepalese women when they speak about their expected attitude and actions surrounding pregnancy. To demonstrate how deeply felt this principle is, Nepalese women will often leave the home and deliver their baby with no outside assistance. Amazingly enough, women are also taught to suppress their cries of labor pains, and stifle screams that normally would accompany any contractions under typical circumstance. The women can be so intent on preserving their honor that they fail to seek help until complications – often life threatening for mom and baby – have arisen.

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