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Preconception care crucial to improving maternal and infant health
The preconception period -- the time before a woman becomes pregnant -- is crucial to reducing many of the risks of birth defects and premature birth. Every visit to the doctor for women of childbearing age should be considered an opportunity to discuss reproductive health. Continued improvements in the infant and maternal mortality rates will depend on interventions before a woman becomes pregnant. Early prenatal care may be too late to make a difference in some cases. (2006-09-19)

Best-case scenario suggests that just one in five countdown countries can meet post-2015 targets for cutting child mortality rates by 2035
A comprehensive new analysis of interventions to reduce maternal and child deaths in developing countries, published in The Lancet, reveals that if current trends continue, just nine Countdown countries will meet internationally agreed targets to reduce the number of deaths of children under 5 to less than 20 deaths per 1000 births by 2035. (2013-09-19)

Increased risk of stillbirth in older pregnant women
Pregnancy at age 40 and beyond is an independent risk factor for intrauterine fetal demise or stillbirth, according to an abstract presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Conference February 10 in San Francisco. (2007-02-10)

All women should be educated after childbirth about high blood pressure
After childbirth, it is not uncommon for women to experience high blood pressure. If not treated, it can have serious consequences, including stroke and, in some cases, death. It is unclear what causes high blood pressure after childbirth, or who may develop it. (2020-02-06)

Home visits by nurse may help reduce mortality in moms, children
Women who had prenatal and infant/toddler nurse visits at home were less likely to die than women who did not and children whose mothers were visited by nurses were less likely to have died by age 20 from preventable causes. (2014-07-07)

Increased childbirth at Indian health facilities led to no matching reduction in maternal death
To reduce maternal and neo-natal deaths, India launched a cash transfer program in 2005 that provides monetary incentives for women to give birth in health facilities instead of at home. While the program successfully increased the use of health facilities for child birth, it did not reduce maternal deaths as much, especially in poor areas. This is according to a doctoral dissertation published at UmeƄ University. (2016-01-17)

Every death counts: Saving the lives of South Africa's mothers, babies and children
The authors of three South African health reports on maternal, neonatal and child deaths have come together to launch a new report titled (2008-04-10)

Maternal depression: seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids
The children of mothers with long-term depression have been found to be at higher risk of behavioural problems and poor development. (2020-06-14)

Dietary Vitamin A Supplements Improve Maternal Survival In South Asia
In a field trial in 270 villages in rural Nepal, researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health showed that women had their risk of death from pregnancy lowered by about 40 percent after taking dietary supplements of vitamin A or beta-carotene. (1999-02-26)

HealthGrades releases 5th Annual Women's Health in American Hospitals study
Large variations among hospitals persist in the quality of maternity and cardiac care for women, according to a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The 5th Annual HealthGrades Women's Health in American Hospitals study analyzes the quality of care at US hospitals in 17 states for treatment of heart disease and stroke among women and for women giving birth, with ratings for individual hospitals posted to (2008-06-24)

Suicidal risk during pregnancy, after childbirth on the rise
The prevalence of suicidal thoughts and self-harm in the year before and after giving birth nearly tripled among childbearing people between 2006 and 2017, according to a new study. (2020-11-18)

Similar outcomes for mothers and babies at low risk delivered by FPs and obstetricians
For pregnant women who are at low risk of complications giving birth, the risk of newborn death and maternal complications is similar for obstetric deliveries by family physicians and obstetricians, according to a large study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2015-08-24)

Multiple micronutrients better than iron/folic acid alone in preventing infant death and fetal loss
Multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnant women is more effective than iron and folic acid supplementation alone at preventing early infant death and fetal loss. These are the conclusions of the Supplementation with Multiple Micronutrients Intervention Trial study group in an article in this week's edition of The Lancet. (2008-01-17)

Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California
While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One. (2020-08-11)

Uniting Africans to save women's lives from postpartum hemorrhage
A meeting in Uganda in early April will address ways to prevent deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, a leading contributor to Africa's maternal death rate, the highest in the world. (2006-03-23)

Evidence in the field of CVD in pregnancy is sparse, but the condition remains a concern:
Pre-existing heart disease in pregnancy remains a concern. Complications are frequent and in some cases may be life-threatening for both the mother and her child. In Europe maternal heart disease has now become the major cause of maternal death during pregnancy. (2011-08-30)

HIV in maternal and child heath
In our editorial this month the PLoS Medicine editors argue that the time has come to integrate prevention and treatment of HIV into maternal and child health-care programs. (2010-07-27)

Severe obstetric complications mean greater risk of death and mental health problems
Women who give birth with severe obstetric complications are at greater risk of death and mental-health problems than are women with uncomplicated delivery. Greater resources are needed to ensure that women with SOCs receive adequate care before and after discharge from hospital. These are the conclusions of authors of an article in this week's Women Deliver Special Issue of the Lancet. (2007-10-11)

Severe maternal morbidity in Canada, 1991-2001
Shi Wu Wen and colleagues report rates of severe maternal morbidity in Canada over a 10-year period. (2005-09-26)

New study examines the impact of socioeconomic position and maternal morbidity in Australia
The risk of severe maternal morbidity amongst women in Australia is increased by lower socioeconomic position, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2014-09-17)

Maternal obesity and the risk of early-onset hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
Pregnant obese women were more at risk of experiencing early and late-onset hypertensive disorders, and that risk progressively increased in women with higher body mass indexes (BMI), according to a study led by researchers at UTHealth. (2020-08-12)

Millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year for less than $5 a person
By spending less than $5 per person on essential health care services such as contraception, medication for serious illnesses and nutritional supplements, millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year, according to a new analysis led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2016-04-09)

Children and mothers are dying because those with power to act are failing to
A call to reduce maternal and child mortality rates is made by the Lancet Editor Dr. Richard Horton in his comment which opens this week's Countdown Special Edition of the Lancet. (2008-04-10)

Maternal mortality: A reduction in deaths from haemorrhage
The new report, (2013-11-29)

Does unhealthy weight before pregnancy increase the risk for severe illness or death for the mother?
Being over- or underweight before pregnancy was associated with a small increased risk of severe maternal illness or death. (2017-11-14)

Cesarean delivery associated with higher risk of severe complications for the mother
Cesarean delivery is associated with a higher risk of severe complications for the mother compared with vaginal delivery, especially in women aged 35 and older, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-04-01)

WHO leader backs call to action for child survival programmes
The new Director-General of WHO is calling for global collaboration to tackle the crisis identified by The Lancet's Child Survival Series, which concludes in this week's issue. (2003-07-24)

Maternal and child health in Brazil: Progress and challenges
Improvements in child survival interventions (including vaccinations), nutrition and health-system access are all believed to have contributed to huge reductions in under-5 child mortality in Brazil, that has declined by around 5 percent a year in the 1980s and 1990s and by 4 percent per year since 2000, to a rate of 20 child deaths per 1,000 population, of which two-thirds die before age 28 days. (2011-05-09)

SMFM releases statement on ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement on the use of ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly following Zika virus exposure. (2016-04-14)

RIT professor studies connection between child, mother mortality
A new study co-conducted by a researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology uncovers the strong connection between the death of a child and the mortality of the mother, regardless of cause of death, gender of the child, marital status, family size, income or education level of the mother. (2012-10-19)

Exposing chicks to maternal stress leads to long-term reproductive success
Exposure to maternal stress during pre-natal development has negative impacts, so why doesn't natural selection work to block it? European starling sons exposed to the stress hormone corticosterone experienced increased mortality. But those that survived were of better quality. The mothers began later broods in better condition, had increased future reproduction, and increased survival compared to (2008-10-20)

Study finds increasing trend in home birth neonatal mortality rates
In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 at 2:15 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in New Orleans, researchers will report that patients delivered at home by midwives had a roughly four times higher risk of neonatal deaths than babies delivered in the hospital by midwives. The increased neonatal mortality risk is associated with the location of a planned birth, rather than the credentials of the person delivering the baby. (2014-02-03)

A mother's attention affects the genetic code of her young
In mice, a new study reveals that pups that receive less maternal care have more repeated genetic sequences, called transposons, in neurons that reside in their hippocampus. (2018-03-22)

Community-based drug delivery and improved health facility drug supply could mean almost 60,000 fewer maternal deaths across Africa
Improved maternal care, through improvement of health facilities and better access to drugs via community health workers and village volunteers, could potentially mean 60,000 fewer maternal deaths across Africa per year from post-partum bleeding and sepsis -- a reduction of 32 percent in deaths from these two causes. The findings are reported in an article published online first and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet. (2009-09-22)

The urgent health struggle of mothers and children in the occupied Palestinian territory
Maternal and child health in the occupied Palestinian territory faces challenges that are common to many low-income and middle-income countries, such as poverty, poor nutrition and an overburdened public-health system, as well as unique challenges of military occupation and continued warlike conditions. Access to unrestricted 24-hour emergency care and other services, though vital for effective provision and protection of maternal and child health, is complicated by the living conditions there, especially the Israeli-imposed system of several hundred checkpoints. (2009-03-04)

Lessons learned from complex emergencies
The first of a series of articles looking at public health in complex emergencies (such as famine, population movement arising from civil conflicts and associated health problems) is published in this week's issue of The Lancet. Authors of the first article conclude that, while many lessons have been learned and improvements made over the past decade, better co-ordination of the non-governmental organisations providing services is crucial to help reduce maternal and child illness and death. (2004-11-11)

Pregnant women with abnormal placentas may have an increased risk of early cardiovascular disease
Women who have a maternal placental syndrome during pregnancy have a higher risk of premature cardiovascular disease than those who do not, according to an article published in this week's issue of The Lancet. Affected women should have their blood pressure and weight or waist circumference assessed 6 months after giving birth and a healthy lifestyle should be emphasised, state the authors. (2005-11-17)

Free ambulance service halves pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia
An operational assessment of a national free ambulance services program reveals a drastic reduction in pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia, suggesting that the innovative model could offer a cost-effective way to improve maternal health outcomes across Sub-Saharan Africa. This argument is presented in an article published today in the Journal of Global Health. (2016-02-29)

Study shows vitamin A supplementation does not reduce maternal mortality (ObaapaVitA study)
A trial in Ghana has shown that vitamin A supplementation does not reduce maternal mortality -- contradicting previous findings from a trial in Nepal which showed a 44 percent decrease. The new study (ObaapaVitA) is reported in an article online first and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet -- written by Professor Betty R. Kirkwood, department of nutrition and public health intervention research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and colleagues. (2010-05-03)

NIH awards UAB 3 maternal and infant health grants
UAB continues to improve maternal and infant health as the only university to be a member of all three NIH perinatal networks. (2016-07-19)

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