pregnancy

Coronavirus: Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newborns

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 116 million babies have been born since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday called for governments to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns that are under increasing threat from strained health services and supply chains.

One-in-four pregnancies unplanned, two-thirds of women foregoing contraceptives 

Around two-thirds of sexually active women surveyed in a new UN study indicated that although they wished to avoid or postpone having children, they had stopped relying on contraception out of concern for how it was affecting their health. As a result, around a quarter of all pregnancies are unplanned. 

“Making Every Baby Count” to prevent infant and maternal deaths

Every year, 2.7 million babies die within the first month of life and roughly the same number are stillborn, according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Zika virus spreads to 18 countries

A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.

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UN Gender Focus: maternal mortality, hospital in Sri Lanka and role of women in peacebuilding

Impressive drop in maternal mortality rates

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UN joint report says more women getting prenatal care in developing countries

The number of women in developing countries receiving prenatal care has risen 20 per cent since 1990, with the lowest percentage being in South Asia, according to a joint report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).