Introducing Our Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Correspondents

Midwives for Haiti Mobile Clinic

As our work continues to expand globally especially as the MDG deadline nears in 2015 we want to ensure that international voices are the cornerstone of our coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health worldwide. We are beginning with three correspondents: Winfred Ogdom, a nutritionist from Uganda, Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, a motherhood blogger and journalist from Nairobi, Kenya, and Midwives…

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Logistics Team Visits South Sudan to Assess Road Conditions Amid Looming Famine

Last month, a United Nations team travelled to Western Equitoria,  Central Equatoria, and Western Bahr El Ghazal in South Sudan to assess road conditions, an important task when famine looms in a region that is mostly agrarian. Without passable roads it is impossible for lifesaving, critical health supplies, health workers, aid agencies,  and most importantly food to reach remote areas that are…

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Join Us for a Twitter Chat About Child Health and #MDG4


MDG4August 18, 2014marks 500 days to reach the Millennium Development Goals, the set of goals signed into action in September 2000 to reduce extreme poverty in a variety of topic areas from eradicating poverty to ensuring environmental sustainability. MDG 4, or reduce child mortality, laid out a concrete goal to reduce child mortality by two-thirds starting with data collected from 1990. MDG 4 has…

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Glimpses of Hope


Every day I sit at my desk, typing away, researching, planning, and making connections with people around the world. But being so physically removed from the children I’m helping can sometimes make me question the impact of my efforts.

How can a photo I post on social media or a connection on…

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Mom's Stories (14)

Today marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week, but we still have more breastfeeding stories to share after today. We believe that moms help fellow moms through personal stories. That’s why we will continue to share the breastfeeding experiences of new and experienced moms. No one wants to feel alone at 2 AM in the morning when you’re feeding your baby and hoping you’re doing everything right.


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Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Hope #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Hope #WBW2014

Mom's Stories (13)

One of the biggest concerns of breastfeeding mothers is whether or not they are producing enough breast milk for their babies. It’s a valid concern. Having a low milk supply can become an overwhelming frustration for mothers. Some turn to formula and others like Hope turn to pumping.

When Hope didn’t think she was producing enough breast milk she decided to pump instead so she could see exactly…

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[Photos] B&W Historic Photos of Public #Breastfeeding in the US #WBW2014

[Photos] B&W Historic Photos of Public #Breastfeeding in the US #WBW2014

Historic Breastfeeding

Long ago in Internet years (about seven years ago) I was a staunch breastfeeding advocate and researcher (still am!). Back then I wanted to get to the bottom of why nursing in public was such a big issue in the United States. So, I started digging in the photo archives of the Library of Congress for hundreds and hundreds and hundredsof hours and discovered through black and white, historic photos…

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in Kenya Still Low

By Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, Kenyan motherhood blogger and maternal/child health journalist based in Nairobi.

As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking the World Breastfeeding Week, health experts in the country are calling on more stringent efforts to be put in place that will encourage more women to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Though the country has noted an increase in the…

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Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Jennifer #WBW2014

Mom's Stories

If there is one thing that is certain about breastfeeding it’s this: breastfeeding for every mother is different. Some mothers experience breastfeeding without any issues and others have difficulty getting their babies to properly latch or have problems producing enough milk at first. That’s why we believe it is important to share the stories of fellow breastfeeding mothers. At 1 AM in the…

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Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Bri #WBW2014

Mom's Stories

Even though some mothers want nothing more than to breastfeed their babies, sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise that make nursing difficult. In Bri’s breastfeeding story she discusses the issues she had when breastfeeding her first-born, Roree, and how breastfeeding eventually became easier and easier for her and her daughter.

From the time she was 3 months old, until now, (she is a couple…

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Photo of the Week: Frontline Health Workers Count #Zambia

photo of the week

Frontline Health Workers

I walked quickly beside Dismus Mwalukwanda on a sandy path bordered by overgrown shrubbery leading through the bush to rural homes outside of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Mwalukwanda, 43, is a frontline health worker for the Njovo Village and took me to visit a family whose young children he has treated often for malaria. Mwalukwand is in charge of helping families in his area make steps toward…

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Ugandan Nutritionist Offers Breastfeeding Advice

Ugandan Nutritionist Offers #Breastfeeding Advice #WBW2014

Winfred Ogdom Jaan

Very soon we will welcome Winfred Ongom Jaan, a Ugandan nutritionist, as an expert for mothers, children, and newborns right here on She will serve as a correspondent from her home country to report on maternal, newborn, and child health programs, progress, and issues unique to Uganda.

Today, during World Breastfeeding Week, Winfred offered key breastfeeding advice that…

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Why Congress Needs to Pass the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2014

Maternal Mortality - United States

The United States has a maternal mortality problem. For the past 25 years the rate of maternal mortality has increased dramatically in America. In fact, the United States is one of eight countries including Greece, Afghanistan and sub-Saharan African countries where the number of mothers who die during childbirth is on the rise. Now each year, on average, 800 American women will lose their lives…

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