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October 25, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

Nigeria is attacking the problem of its maternal health status with all hands on deck.
As the nation with the largest maternal mortality rate in Africa—due in large part to preventable deaths related to lack of access to health care—it has unleashed a flood of midwives to confront the problem first-hand.

October 23, 2012

Last month Maternova profiled the work of Days For Girls Founder Celeste Mergen. In this month’s blog showcasing a woman making a difference, I am personally nominating Dominique Vidale-Plaza. What makes her a woman who inspires us? Keep reading to find out.

October 21, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

Nigeria is stricken with the highest maternal death rate in Africa, and the second highest in the world. While the nation contains approximately two percent of the world’s population, it accounts for a staggering 14 percent of maternal deaths around the globe. Nigeria and its mothers are in need of drastic changes in the health care system.

Photo used with permission by United Nations Media
October 11, 2012

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child

Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Launched by the United Nations, October 11th has been designated as a day to recognize the strides being made on behalf of girls everywhere. This day isn’t strictly about Maternal Health, quite to the contrary. Day of the Girl Child rolls together important issues such as: illiteracy, child marriage, school dropout, gender based violence, and more. The team at Maternova loudly applauds those working to make our girls safer and smarter. Thank you for all you do everyday for women!

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October 10, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

It's usually sometime in elementary school when students first learn about standard international units and the historical origin of the foot-measure. As the story goes, landowners and laborers alike required a standard measure, and King Henry III's foot seemed a plausible enough option. This solution arose from centuries of use of a convenient, body-based metric readily available in the field.

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