An African woman’s lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes is 100 times higher than that of a woman in a developed country.

In sub-Saharan Africa, maternal mortality ratios for the poor are double those for the non-poor, and are consistently higher among rural populations and less-educated women.

Why Equity Matters for Health

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The sturdy, portable box comes with a firm foam mattress and tight-fitting sheet; also included are breastfeeding accessories, a onesie, diapers and wipes.

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourge Safe Sleep Habits

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Across Nigeria, maternal health workers - like the ones working with White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria - are trying to improve maternal mortality. But the figures are alarming: in 2015, there were an estimated 814 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

About half of those deaths were caused by two conditions: uncontrolled bleeding...
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Inside a Nigerian Hospital Fighting to Reduce Maternal Death Rate

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Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the UK. There's still time to give your mum the gift of helping mothers all over the world by donating in her name to The White Ribbon Alliance: [ Whiteribbonalliance.org Link ]

Mother's Day - White Ribbon Alliance

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By helping health facilities embrace Respectful Maternity Care through an innovative new "quality of care" hotline, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India is proving that getting better data to government officials, empowering women as advocates, and combatting systemic sexism are the best ways to save the lives of mothers and newborns.

For India, Achieving the Next Generation of Maternal Health Goals Requires New Approaches

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A bill approved by the Texas Senate shows how, in many cases, pregnant women can no longer trust their physicians

How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women

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We call on President Trump to continue in the great American tradition of active, thoughtful engagement in advancing women’s and children’s health and well-being around the globe and showing compassion for the world’s most vulnerable among us.

It's a small investment with big returns: from women's empowerment to fighting famine, US #ForeignAid is #worththepenny.

Standing with Every Woman, Everywhere

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Have you heard about maternity waiting homes?

They are residential facilities, located near medical centers, where women defined as “high risk” can await delivery and be transferred to a nearby medical facility shortly before delivery, or earlier should complications arise.

And, they can be a lifesaver for rural women all over the world.

Maternity waiting homes should be a high priority

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"The results have serious implications; we see women who are nine months’ pregnant coming to our clinic. We assume that some people are giving birth at home."

Pregnant women without legal status 'too afraid to seek NHS care'

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"Through it all, even war and displacement, life goes on. Babies are born and midwives are needed."

#MidwivesVoices must be heard because midwives like Zani Prinsloo are saving the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in the world: those fleeing conflict, civil war and terror, and living - and giving birth - in refugee camps.

Birthing New Life In The Shadow Of War

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"I would like midwives to know the joy of birth, not just the fear – because there is so much fear around at the moment. To me, it’s the most meaningful work you can imagine doing."

The Royal College of Midwives' President Professor Lesley Page reflects on her legacy - and her hopes and dreams for midwives and mothers - in this interview with New Statesman.

"There is so much fear at the moment": meet the midwife who wants to change how we give birth

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"20 years ago, almost half of all births in Mexico were attended by midwives; now the rate is down to 2%."

Midwives help reduce maternal mortality rates, so why aren't they being supported? When midwifery is sidelined as “women’s work,” its value is diminished - and women and babies suffer.

#MidwivesVoices must be heard because midwives save lives.

Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey

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White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania's National Coordinator is Rose Mlay, an inspirational figure in the world of maternal health advocacy. This incredible profile of her from Dalhousie University will inspire you to do everything you can to make the world better for women and babies, too:

Rose Mlay (BScN’91, MN’98): Birth right - Dalhousie Alumni

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“I had no idea how to deal with it, but you showed the way by treating him in such a respectful way. You called him by his name. It was the way you handled him. I watched you and realised that I could do things – hold him, cuddle him, kiss him – and my partner was talking to him, and I realised I could talk to him, too.”

After her son Rowan was stillborn, Rachel Hayden found that photos of...
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Why photos of stillborn babies matter

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As a week of powerful global advocacy for safe motherhood comes to a close, take some time to look back with us on how The White Ribbon Alliance spent this year's International Women's Day:

WRA and International Women’s Day 2017

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"In medicine, providing more care is often mistaken for providing better care. In childbirth the relationship between more and better is complicated. Texan obstetricians, when compared to their counterparts in neighboring New Mexico, are 50% more likely to intervene on the baby’s behalf by performing a cesarean section. Nonetheless, Texas babies still have a lower survival rate than New...
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Despite differences in culture, US and India fall short in childbirth in similar ways

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Congrats to White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania for reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Their International Women's Day trek was made in order to raise awareness of the rising maternal mortality rates in their country. Check out the entire album for incredible photos from the climb:
For International Women's Day, WRA Network partner 国際協力NGO ジョイセフ (JOICFP)’s organized a White Ribbon Run to raise awareness for maternal mortality. Over 1,800 people from around the world participated - this video highlighting the run is the perfect way to start the weekend:
The White Ribbon Alliance and its 14 National Alliances celebrated International Women's Day by boldly taking action in support of women all over the world.

WRA (literally) scaled mountains, spoke truth to power, amplified the voices of those on the frontline of providing health care in extremely challenging situations and more.