Maternal Health
Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Women in Detroit are dying from pregnancy-related complications at about three times the US average, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Twenty-six women died in Detroit over the period 2008-2011 as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and Detroit has the highest rate of infant mortality among major US cities, with 13.5 infant deaths for every...
New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in over 30 years.
Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls – including almost 60,000 pregnant women – need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts...
Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."
Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women

Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women

The Tennessee state legislature passed SB 1391 Wednesday, a bill that allows women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications to be charged with assault and potentially imprisoned.
Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed emergency regulations last week banning the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women.
Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

In his remarks announcing the new maternal and childcare center, Governor Uduaghan also promoted the use of family planning as a means of increasing maternal and child heath.
College Settles Pregnant Student's Discrimination Complaint

College Settles Pregnant Student’s Discrimination Complaint

Brandi Kostal was two weeks away from completing her masters and doctorate-level classes when she began having medical issues with her pregnancy and required an emergency C-section.
ACLU Files Lawsuit For Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital

ACLU Files Lawsuit For Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital

"They never offered me any options," said Means. "They didn't tell me what was happening to my body. Whatever was going on with me, they discussed it amongst themselves. I was just left to wonder, what's going to happen to me?"
UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women's Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women’s Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit two weeks ago, has wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
Report Shows Strong Global Commitment to Family Planning

Report Shows Strong Global Commitment to Family Planning

"Together, so much has already been achieved, and the incredibly positive spirit expressed during this conference convinces me that we can do so much more."
International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today

International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today

Political leaders and health advocates from around the world will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abba, this week for the third annual International Conference on Family Planning.
Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

"My employer ignored its legal obligations, allowed me to be bullied and harassed, and then retaliated against me for standing up for my rights."
UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

The $200 million Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographics Project will be added to the World Bank's existing $150 million contribution over the next two years.
Shackled Pregnant Woman Receives Settlement

Shackled Pregnant Woman Receives Settlement

An undocumented woman who was shackled before and after giving birth in Tennessee will receive $490,000 in a settlement and now has the prospect of a U-visa.
Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn

Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn

Irma eventually was forced to give birth to her third son, alone and without the aid of pain medication, on the lawn of the clinic.
Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

As a Bangladeshi woman, I could not have felt more fortunate when I decided to give birth in America. It was a natural choice for my American husband and I. After almost a decade working to ensure US foreign policy protects women’s reproductive health and rights, I was well-aware that every year, approximately 529,000 women and girls...
Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis?  Not Even Close

Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis? Not Even Close

by Meghan Yee On October 31, the world population reached 7 billion. According to one Chinese demographer, however, if not for China’s one-child policy, the world population would have hit that number five years ago. China has the largest population on earth with 1.4 billion people. However, since 1979, the National Population and Family Planning...
The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

We humans mark a milestone today—the world’s population reaches 7 billion.  When I was born there were about 2.2 billion people on earth.  When my assistant was born there were a little more than 5 billion people on earth.  It took just 12 years to go from 6 billion to 7.  As the population climbs...
Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

6,998,460,833: the world’s current population, according to an estimate by Population Action International (PAI). In anticipation of October 31st, the day the world’s population is predicated to reach 7 billion, I’ve sat at my desk transfixed by PAI’s scrolling ticker, documenting the rapidly increasing population as it approaches a number troubling to reproductive rights activists,...