The stress of the bombing has resulted in disproportionately high number of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, pre-term labor and bleeding that could result in death
Dr. Ali Shaar, a reproductive health program officer in Palestine for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
We know that women, more so than men, are likely to smoke to manage their stress and other negative mood states. Stress is also a primary reason why women start to smoke, maintain their smoking and relapse back to smoking.
In Detroit, the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association is talking and writing and generating videos about the roadblocks to breastfeeding in communities of color.
Organizers and advocates are also talking about ways to overcome historical, societal and social barriers to breastfeeding success. To spread and promote its message it has produced a micro documentary, “Knocking Down Barriers: Reclaiming a Breastfeeding Tradition.”
Should theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics take a zero-tolerance stance on infant-formula if they promote breastfeeding only?
Read about their relationship with infant-formula brand Enfamil - http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/131210/formula-marketers-put-pediatric-academy-in-the-bag
Recent research that tracked children into adulthood found that families who had access to food stamps improved their babies’ birth weights. These children had better health and higher educational attainment. Cutting a program with such positive benefits doesn’t make sense.Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank in U.S. Lawmakers Sharpen Axe on Food Stamp Program.
Join Women’s eNews and raise your voice for women in New York at the Committee on Health hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY examining the issues raised by New York City’s high maternal mortality rates.
Rita Henley Jensen, our editor in chief, will be presenting her testimonial based on Women’s eNews’ findings on the specific maternal mortality risks for women of color in New York. We invite you to join Rita and tell your story on the day. Your testimonial should address preconception care and maternal health outcomes, including disparate outcomes for New York’s women of color, immigrant women and uninsured women. You testimony must be under five-minutes.
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Read our most recent coverage of Black maternal health issues in America today at: http://womensenews.org/story/black-maternal-health/130831/healthy-births-healthy-moms-black-maternal-health-in-america and our intense examination of the underlying causes of maternal mortality rates among would of color at: http://womensenews.org/story/110516/high-death-rate-new-yorks-black-moms-analyzed.
Two women in labor in August died at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the borough with New York’s highest maternal mortality rate.
The Bronx—according to Census data—has the highest maternal mortality rate in New York City with a rate of 34 deaths for every 100,000 live births.
An MSF nurse performs an ante-natal consultation for a pregnant woman in one of MSF’s makeshift hospitals in Syria. “Before this war people in Syria had good quality health care,” said MSF surgeon Steve Rubin. “Many Syrians really want that care again. But in this area, other than us, all the other medical facilities are doing war trauma. So they come here because this is their only option.”
Photo by Cathy Janssens/MSF