Check out the AlignMNH Blog for featured posts from maternal and newborn health experts, advocates, and researchers from around the globe.

Overcoming the Silence around Stillbirth

Every 16 seconds, a family loses a child to stillbirth. The months they spent planning for their baby, feeling the baby grow and move, imagining their family’s future—cut short, and often without explanation from a health system ill-equipped to provide the respectful, compassionate bereavement care families deserve. Acknowledging that these… Read More

Maternal Mental Health: Addressing Inequality in Access, Care and Attention

The mental health of women during the perinatal period impacts women themselves, their children, their families and their communities. But for too long, mental health has been secondary to physical health despite the increasing evidence of the burden of mental health on morbidity and mortality. And the burden is not… Read More

A Young Mom’s Journey to Deliver Safely in a Pandemic

Mary Atta-Boisson found out she was pregnant and a stark new reality eclipsed her plans to finish high school and pursue a career. Young and alone, without a partner’s support, the 18-year-old feared disgrace and homelessness. She also faced the real prospect of giving birth during a global pandemic, as… Read More

“We end up losing babies for reasons we can easily prevent.” Insights from Annes Mboya, nurse-midwife at Kakuma Refugee Camp

On June 20th, the international community observes World Refugee Day, a day to highlight the voices of the approximately 80 million people, including women and children, who are forced to flee their homes because of violence, war, persecution, or natural disaster, as well as those who serve them. Around the world, midwives, nurses, community health workers, physicians and health care professionals devote their lives – and sometimes risk their safety – to deliver quality, lifesaving care to mothers and newborns. Read More

Understanding Impact to Guide Recovery from COVID-19

In this post, Gagan Gupta, Maternal and Newborn Health Specialist at UNICEF, explores the provision of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gupta highlights the need for countries to use data to drive evidence-based solutions in building resilience during the pandemic recovery. Read More

Meet Dr. T — An Advocate for Aligning Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng is a medical doctor, sexual and reproductive health rights expert, and AlignMNH Steering Committee member. Her expertise spans public health, comprehensive sexuality education, training and facilitation, and content production. She is a board member of several initiatives including the Safe Abortion Action Fund and the Global Advisory… Read More

Embarking on a Decade of Action to Promote the Mother-Baby Dyad

Each year, nearly two million infants are stillborn, and almost as many children die within their first month of life as do within their first five years. And, despite a decline in maternal mortality over the past decades, there were still nearly 300,000 maternal deaths in 2017, most of them… Read More