Maternal and Child Health

Analysis Brief

Honor Thy Mother

Half a million women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth. Reducing the maternal mortality rate is one of the UN's Millennium Development goals, but experts say not enough is being done to safeguard the lives of mothers.

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Op-Ed

Improving Maternal Health Worldwide

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Laurie Garrett
The Hill

Every year, 536,000 women die during childbirth, and an additional 8 million become severely disabled. The death toll doesn't end with the mothers: 5 percent of all newborns die after their mother's death, and millions of other children are left orphaned. Isobel Coleman and Laurie Garrett argue that the way to reduce this staggering level of maternal mortality is to "pass legislation that shows real resolve, with money and legislated programs behind it."

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