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Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015
Oct. 18-21, 2015
Mexico City
Reaching every mother and
newborn with quality care

Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015: Daily Delivery

Recap of Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Featured Coverage

Maternal and newborn health in the hands of midwives

By Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Family Care International — Skilled midwives can prevent up to two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, and in doing so can turn around health care in their communities.

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Emerging Conversations


It's time to bring gestational diabetes out of the shadows and into maternity care

By Katja Iversen, Women Deliver

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDGM) puts millions of women and children at greater risk of premature death and disability, as well as chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Are we winning against maternal and infant mortality?

By Azad Essa, Al Jazeera

Researchers and activists say that despite the challenges, the tide has turned in the struggle to improve the health of mothers and infants across the globe. The last 30 years, and the last decade in particular, have yielded tremendous gains.

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New guidelines for postnatal care: A long way to go to ensure equity

By Katie Millar, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force

With the majority of deaths for women and newborns happening after birth and within the first month of life, standards for PNC reflected in policy and practice are crucial. The new postnatal guidelines released by the WHO this month will hopefully serve as a catalyst to amplify efforts for PNC.

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Featured Tweets - #GlobalMNH

Videos to Inspire

A decade of tracking progress for maternal, newborn, and child survival

Celebrating 10 years of Countdown to 2015's research, advocacy, achievement, and impact for women's and children's health.



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Mentoring midwives in Afghanistan

Feroza Mushtari, a Midwifery & Nursing Advisor for Jhpiego, delivered her presentation yesterday via video. Midwives in Afghanistan have helped to significantly reduce maternal mortality in one of the world's most challenging environments.



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Live Reporting from Girls' Globe

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One Mother’s Response: What is integrated care for mothers and newborns?

By Julia Wiklander — Eleven months ago, the most life-changing event took place in my life – I became a mother. The process of becoming a mother requires a support network that stretches beyond family and friends to a health care system that sees to all the needs of the expecting and new mother and baby.

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Accelerating action for adolescent health

By Eleanor Gall — By 2030, my generation will be the parents, teachers, healthcare providers and entrepreneurs of the world. We’ll be the policy makers, the heads of state and the politicians. Today’s teenagers will occupy the future the Sustainable Development Goals will shape. Young people’s voices, passions and priorities must guide the monitoring and evaluation process in order to ensure in 15 years the world we live in is a better and fairer one, with quality healthcare accessible to all adolescents.

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Improving the health of pregnant women and children in Malawi

By Women and Children First (UK) — The majority of women in Malawi live in scattered villages and find it hard to reach health facilities. They lack the information needed to make informed health decisions and facilities struggle to provide the quality services needed to save mothers’ and babies’ lives.

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Day 2 Storify: Integration is essential when talking about maternal newborn health!

Read a curated Storify post of the second day of #GlobalMNH on social media, including Instagram interviews, photos and quotes from sessions throughout the day.

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Crowd voices

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From Mexico City: Better training and a support network for midwives is saving women’s lives

By Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson Center — Building the competence and confidence of midwives and non-physician clinicians will accelerate momentum for maternal and newborn health in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals and hopefully put us on a track to end all preventable maternal and newborn deaths.

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Maternal and newborn health in emergencies

Sarah Blake, Maternal Health Task Force — How do we secure maternal and newborn health services across diverse contexts, such as the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia, to conflict in Sudan and South Sudan, and the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines?

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We also need to save lives of mothers and newborns in urban settings

By Uzma Syed, Save the Children — Every day more mothers give birth in urban areas, often in informal settings. More than a billion people will live in slums and informal settlements by 2020 in the developing world, according to UNFPA. These high numbers of urban poor coupled with emergence of high-density informal settlements will challenge governments who wish to provide effective coverage of essential services to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals.

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Innovation in measurement – to save lives and ensure local relevance

By Lara Vaz, Save the Children, and John Grove, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — In work going forward, two key principles for improving measurement deserve further focus: relevance and innovation. Coverage data should be relevant – of primary value in and for the country in which the data are collected. Equally important, how can data collection be improved to reduce recall biases and enable more rapid, timely recording and reporting of services and quality in facilities? Innovation can result in greater relevance.

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The power of listening, not just counting

Kate Ramsey, Columbia University AMDD — Some women may not be ready or may not want to demand a voice at the highest platform, but they do want maternity providers to listen in their one-on-one interactions. They want them to listen and hear what is happening in their lives and consider their knowledge of their bodies credible and legitimate. They want to feel that their words have power and their experience matters. And through listening, care can gradually transform to better meet their expectations. Woman can begin to feel that they are being treated as a human rather than an aggregate collective.

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Scaling up malaria in pregnancy interventions to improve maternal and child health

In malaria endemic areas, 125 million women become pregnant each year. Malaria in pregnancy leads to devastating consequences for both mothers and newborns, including higher levels of anemia, low birth weight and infant death. This is especially true in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of malaria is highest. Every year in this region, malaria infection during pregnancy contributes to between 75,000 and 200,000 infant deaths.

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