On the Front lines

Measuring Mistreatment in Maternity Care: a Groundbreaking Study by Every Mother Counts, the University of British Columbia and Community Partners

June 11, 2019

Disrespect and abuse during pregnancy and childbirth has become recognized as a significant contributor to poor health outcomes, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In lower-resource settings, mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth is shockingly common and leads to both short and long-term health effects, ...

Interview with Author Joanne Ramos from THE FARM

May 9, 2019

Almost all the women in THE FARM are mothers, and yet the mothers in the book cross lines of class and race. Please discuss the centrality of the theme of motherhood to THE FARM. ...

Name it to Tame it: Why “PMAD” is Replacing Postpartum Depression

April 18, 2019

By: Alexandra Sacks M.D.

The scope of emotional issues that women experience during pregnancy and after giving birth is much broader than just depression — that’s why the medical community is beginning to use the term “Perinatal Mood And Anxiety Disorder” (PMAD) to address the spectrum of mood changes that may occur during or after pregnancy, ...

The US is facing a maternal health crisis, and our policy makers are starting to listen – the solutions are not simple and will take time, but the tides are starting to change.  

Meaningful change or more of the same? Interpreting recent policy developments in the US this International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

April 11, 2019

One of the most important factors determining maternal health outcomes is where a woman or girl lives. Too often that determines whether a family has access to quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care. ...