Recent Blog Entries: Maternal & child health
Women and girls need to have equal rights, opportunities, and to live free from violence or discrimination.
When I finished my training and came back to the village, I remember using my stethoscope to listen to a fetus’ heartbeat. It was amazing. The women in my village were so excited! I felt so good.
These workshops provide local health workers an opportunity to enhance their understanding of nutritional needs for mothers and infants through fun and interactive activies, including the hands-on food demonstrations.
Youth are taking the lead to promote maternal, newborn and child health through interactive street dramas in Nepal.
This conference was a call to action for government and NGOs to tackle the barriers preventing adolescents from achieving optimal health.
Who says rural villages in Nepal can’t have great, love stories? And that I can’t write about them?
But, what if hospital-based deliveries are associated with lower rates of optimal breastfeeding practices? This is the situation in Son La. Through our needs and baseline assessments we interviewed over 400 women and found that – by some measurements – delivering in a district or provincial hospital was associated with less optimal breastfeeding practices.
Ethnic minority women in Vietnam have reported feeling sad and afraid delivering in health facilities without their husbands. A gender-sensitive approach to the promotion of health facility deliveries needs to account for this, which is why HealthBridge is conducting training on the importance of incorporating men into maternal healthcare service delivery.
Figuring out how old a child is harder than you might think, and treatment of age data requires special attention.
The other thing that was unsurprising, but resonated with me nonetheless, was that very few women chose to deliver their babies at health facilities. If they did go to a health facility for delivery, it was most likely because they experienced excessive, prolonged pain during labour. Women preferred home delivery for different reasons.