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Maternal mortality rates are on the rise, but more accurate estimates are needed
A new Birth analysis has uncovered dramatic increases in the rates of maternal mortality -- the death of a mother during pregnancy, childbirth, or post-partum -- in Texas in recent years. There was an 87 percent increase when comparing 2011-2015 data with 2006-2010 data. Some of the increase is likely due to increased overreporting of maternal deaths due to errors in the data collection system, however. (2018-01-04)

Maternal death rates in Canada are too high
Although Canada has relatively few deaths related directly to childbirth, Donna Stewart points out that the rate can still be reduced. (2006-01-30)

Eliminating maternal mortality could extend life expectancy in reproductive ages
Maternal death rates represent the single largest health discrepancy between developed and developing populations, with nearly all -- more than 99 percent -- maternal deaths worldwide occurring in developing countries and over half of them in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Eliminating maternal mortality, which is defined as the deaths related to pregnancy, would result in a gain of over a half-year (0.6 years) in life expectancy worldwide. (2014-02-25)

Overweight and obesity in pregnancy linked to greater risk of infant death
Overweight and obesity in early pregnancy are associated with increased risks of infant mortality, with the greatest risks seen among severely obese mothers, finds a study published in The BMJ this week. (2014-12-02)

UK's aim to half maternal mortality by 2030 is challenged by social inequalities, and increasing maternal age, obesity and c-section rates
The complex issues around maternal deaths in the UK will be presented at Euroanaesthesia in a new review by an anaesthesiologist who works on the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD), which began in 1952 and investigates the death of every mother during pregnancy and after childbirth. (2020-11-27)

Contraceptive use averts 272,000 maternal deaths worldwide
Contraceptive use likely prevents more than 272,000 maternal deaths from childbirth each year, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers further estimate that satisfying the global unmet need for contraception could reduce maternal deaths an additional 30 percent. Their findings were published July 10 by the Lancet as part of a series of articles on family planning. (2012-07-10)

Deaths from IVF are rare but relevant
Although still rare, maternal deaths related to in vitro fertilization are a key indicator of risks to older women, those with multiple pregnancy and those with underlying disease, warn experts in an editorial published on today. (2011-01-27)

Healthcare professionals must recognize importance of human rights to improve healthcare for women
Women's human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, says RCOG Vice President, Professor Lesley Regan, in her lecture tomorrow at the joint RCOG/RANZCOG World Congress in Brisbane, Australia. (2015-04-14)

Millennium development target on maternal mortality unlikely to be met
Continuing high rates of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa are offsetting progress made in other world regions. As a result, rates of maternal mortality are not decreasing fast enough to meet the target of Millennium Development Goal 5 on improving maternal health. These are the conclusions of authors of an article in this week's Women Deliver Special Issue of the Lancet (2007-10-11)

Global maternal mortality fell 44 percent since 1990: UN group, UMass statistician
In the study, lead authors Alkema and World Health Organization (WHO) medical officer Dr. Doris Chou, with colleagues in the UN interagency group made up of WHO, UNICEF, UN Population Fund, World Bank Group and the UN Population Division, analyzed levels and trends in maternal mortality in 183 countries and found that the maternal mortality ratio declined from 385 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 216 in 2015. (2015-11-13)

US maternal mortality rates higher than reported, BU study finds
Despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a 75 percent reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 US states and the District of Columbia actually increased by 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health researchers. (2016-08-10)

Frequent antenatal screening dramatically reduces maternal mortality on Thai-Myanmar border
Frequent antenatal screening has allowed doctors to detect and treat malaria in its early stages on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, dramatically reducing the number of deaths amongst pregnant women. (2012-07-18)

Most maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could be avoided
More than 500,000 women die each year worldwide due to complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth. Half of these women live in sub-Saharan Africa. A research team from the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid says these women are not dying as a result of any illness, but rather from a lack of basic health care measures. (2010-02-18)

Cross-border health programs could reduce maternal and child deaths
A policy promoting (2009-01-12)

Increasing age of mothers in Spain leads to rise in mortality rates
A new study examining the evolution of maternal mortality rates in Spain since 1996 shows a 17 percent increase in deaths. This trend is linked to the widespread increase in maternal age. The highest death rates are among foreign women and those who live in the province of Malaga. (2009-07-01)

After child dies, mom's risk of early death skyrockets: study
In the first two years following the death of a child, there is a 133 percent increase in the risk of the mother dying, a new study from the University of Notre Dame shows. (2012-06-27)

Christy Turlington Burns to speak on energizing and broadening the Maternal Health movement
Fashion model and Global Maternal Health Advocate Christy Turlington Burns will speak at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health meeting at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4:15-5 p.m. EST. (2011-10-15)

Maternal deaths fall worldwide from a half-million annually to less that 350,000
The number of women dying from pregnancy-related deaths has dropped by more than 35 percent in the past 30 years. Developing countries in particular have made substantial progress in reducing maternal deaths. Egypt, China, Ecuador and Bolivia are among the countries with accelerated improvement. (2010-04-11)

Risk of death significantly higher if both mother and newborn admitted to ICU following birth
Mothers and newborns who are both admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) after delivery are significantly more likely to die compared with mom-baby pairs not needing ICU admission, found a study in CMAJ. As well, when both mother and baby require admission to an ICU, they are much more likely to be managed at different hospitals, thereby negatively impacting maternal-infant bonding. (2012-10-22)

In developing countries, shorter maternal height associated with higher death rates for children
Among 54 low- to middle-income countries, a mother's shorter height is associated with a higher rate of death for her children and a greater likelihood of these children being underweight and having a reduced rate of growth, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA. (2010-04-20)

Leading experts in high-risk pregnancies issue report on reproductive health services
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), hosted a two-day workshop entitled 'Reproductive Services for Women at High Risk for Maternal Mortality.' The workshop was held in conjunction with SMFM's 39th Annual Pregnancy Meeting in February 2019 and was co-sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellowship in Family Planning, and Society of Family Planning. A summary of the workshop and its recommendations has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2019-08-21)

Role for medical journals and general news media to raise awareness of child survival
A comment in this week's issue of The Lancet reflects on last month's Countdown to 2015 conference on Tracking Progress in Child Survival. Two of the millennium development goals are critical: one calls for a reduction in under-5-mortality rates by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015 and another calls for a reduction in maternal mortality by three-quarters during the same period. (2006-01-05)

New strategy could prevent leading cause of maternal death in Africa
A relatively cheap and easy to use drug could save the lives of thousands of women in the developing world, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-09-29)

Non-medical causes responsible for many maternal deaths
Intimate partner violence, substance use disorder and mental illness may be as threatening to health and survival during pregnancy in US cities as medical issues. (2016-10-13)

Genetic signature may identify mothers at risk for preeclampsia
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have identified a genetic signature combining certain maternal and fetal gene variants that are associated with a higher risk of preeclampsia. (2020-03-17)

Safer abortion and better emergency care among factors decreasing maternal mortality in Bangladesh
Better access to safe abortion services and emergency obstetric care are among the factors which have led to a massive decrease in maternal mortality in Bangladesh during the last 30 years. These are the conclusions of authors of an article in this week's Women Deliver Special Issue of the Lancet. Further, the study shows that achievement of Millennium Development Goal Five's goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent could be possible for Bangladesh. (2007-10-11)

Quality improvement initiatives can save moms, babies in Africa
New research from lead author Medge Owen, M.D., a professor of obstetrical anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, outlines how QI initiatives that demonstrate best practices and care can increase overall survival rates for mothers and their children. (2012-01-18)

Vaginal delivery as safe as cesarean for most early preterm births
Vaginal delivery for early preterm fetuses presenting head first, or vertex presentation, had a high rate of success with no difference in neonatal mortality compared to cesarean delivery, a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports. For breech births, however, the failure rate of vaginal delivery was high and planned cesarean delivery was associated with significantly lower neonatal mortality. (2012-08-06)

Effective action could eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus
The renewed worldwide commitment to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, if translated into effective action, could help to provide the systemic changes needed for long-term elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. These are the conclusions of authors of a seminar published early online and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet. (2007-09-11)

Vitamin A, beta carotene pregnancy supplements do not appear to reduce maternal, infant death risk
Although some evidence suggests that prevention of vitamin A deficiency among women in developing countries may improve maternal and infant survival, pregnant women in rural Bangladesh who received vitamin A or beta carotene supplementation in a randomized trial did not have a lower rate of all-cause maternal, fetal, or infant death, compared to women who received placebo, according to a study in the May 18 issue of JAMA. (2011-05-17)

Study finds that electronic fetal heart rate monitoring greatly reduces infant mortality
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that prove that the use of fetal heart rate monitors lowers the rate of infant mortality. (2011-02-12)

Use of anti-depressants during pregnancy not linked with increased risk of stillbirth, infant death
In a study that included nearly 30,000 women from Nordic countries who had filled a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor prescription during pregnancy, researchers found no significant association between use of these medications during pregnancy and risk of stillbirth, neonatal death, or postneonatal death, after accounting for factors including maternal psychiatric disease. (2013-01-01)

Factors during pregnancy may affect early childhood weight
In a study published in Pediatric Obesity, a child's high and increasing body mass index between ages two and six years was strongly associated with pre-pregnancy obesity and overweight in the child's mother; modestly associated with maternal type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes that required medication, and excessive weight gain during pregnancy; and slightly associated with breastfeeding for six months or less. (2019-11-06)

Family factors may influence a child's temperament
A new article addresses ongoing conversations about bridging the gap between practice and research within the field of family therapy. (2017-07-20)

Maternal deaths on the rise in the United States
The United States is among just eight countries in the world to experience an increase in maternal mortality since 2003 -- joining Afghanistan and countries in Africa and Central America, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. (2014-05-02)

Maternal supplementation with multiple micronutrients compared with iron-folic acid
In Bangladesh, daily maternal supplementation of multiple micronutrients compared to iron-folic acid before and after childbirth did not reduce all-cause infant mortality to age 6 months, but did result in significant reductions in preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a study in the Dec. 24/31 issue of JAMA. (2014-12-23)

Higher child marriage rates associated with higher maternal and infant mortality
Countries in which girls are commonly married before the age of 18 have significantly higher rates of maternal and infant mortality, report researchers in the current online issue of the journal Violence Against Women. (2013-05-13)

New study on the impact of relatedness on grandmothers' desire to care for grandchildren
Historically, grandmothers have been important to their grandchildren, and the help provided by grandmothers has increased grandchild survival during the times of high child mortality. However, there have been signs that in many populations, the impact of maternal grandmothers and paternal grandmothers on their grandchildren has been different. A recent study conducted at the University of Turku, Finland, shows that X-chromosome relatedness between grandmothers and their grandchildren did not affect grandchild survival in the 18th and 19th century Finland. (2018-01-15)

Countdown to 2015 and beyond: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
The Lancet today publishes a new Review from the Countdown to 2015 collaboration, summarising results from the Countdown 2014 report, examining the data supporting evidence-based decisions in women's and children's health, describing elements of the Countdown process that might inform ongoing efforts to hold the world to account for progress, and listing concrete steps that can be taken now to ensure continued progress for women and children. (2014-06-29)

Maternal microbes mediate diet-derived damage
New research in The Journal of Physiology has found, using a mouse model, that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to impairment of the gut barrier during pregnancy. (2019-05-12)

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