Among future parents, the “doula” – a Greek word that means “servant woman” or "women's servant" – is increasingly popular. Who are doulas and what accounts for their popularity? A doula is someone who provides the support and understanding necessary to make childbirth an enriching and personalized experience. In many countries doulas meet a need that traditional maternity … [Read more...] about Why Do Some Women Want Doulas to Accompany Them During Childbirth?
Women's and Children's Health
Brazilian National Program for Improving Access and Quality of Primary Care If you are a researcher in the areas of economics, public health and related fields, this is your opportunity to publish a paper in a special edition of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management (JACM), a leading international primary care management and policy journal. … [Read more...] about International Call for Papers
By Marcella Distrutti. Evidence shows that institutional delivery is positively associated with reductions in maternal mortality rates, still considered a multi-factorial health challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean. Nevertheless, having all births attended by professionals in hospitals does not guarantee a high quality of care and, as a consequence, low figures of … [Read more...] about Professional Midwives to the Rescue
By James M. Roberts. The number of pregnant women who die yearly due to high blood pressure is very high and 99% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Latin America remains one of the biggest contributors to this figure. Their killer is known as preeclampsia. Do you know what it is? … [Read more...] about Almost 70,000 pregnant women die from something that could be easily avoided
by Lesley O’Connell. Achupallas, a village perched 4000 meters above sea level in the Ecuadorian Andes offers sweeping mountain views, and marks the beginning of the Inca Trail to Ingapirca, the best preserved pre-Colonial Inca ruin in Ecuador that linked Quito with Cuzco. True to its heritage, more than 90% of the village’s population is Kichwa speaking. Not … [Read more...] about Health without Borders on the Inca Trail