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Safe motherhood initiatives: critical issues
Analyses where safe motherhood initiatives stand today, what has been achieved and what remains to be done. Offers many different perspectives on making pregnancy, childbirth and abortion safer for women in future.
Published: 1999
Maternal mortality and morbidity: strategies for change: 1996 evaluation meeting in South Asia
Documents the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Strategies for Change meeting that took place in Bangalore, India on May 13-16, 1996, whose purpose was to establish the effectiveness of initiatives by the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) in addressing the problems of maternal mortality and morbidity in Southeast Asia.
Published: 1996
Fact sheets on the human rights of children and their sexual and reproductive health  
http://www.acpd.ca/acpd.cfm/en/section/SRResources/articleID/96
Presents a series of seven fact sheets. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Finding out about birthing options in rural Canada is harder than you might think  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39553
Presents the finding of a pilot study comparing women's experiences of rural maternity care in Ontario and Alberta. Details that women living in rural areas often experience difficulties accessing both health information and services. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Birth by design: pregnancy, maternity care, and midwifery in North America and Europe
Explores the histories of midwifery and obstetrics, the role of state and of social movement in care at birth, the rise of managed care, and the impact of new perinatal technologies in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Published: 2001
The impact of overweight and obesity on maternal and newborn health: a critical review of the literature   
http://www.acewh.dal.ca/pdf/OWO_Impact_MatHealth.pdf

A literature review that examines the health implications of obesity and overweight in pregnancy, starting with the physical health of women and children and moving on to a consideration of some of the social determinants of health. The review closes with a synthesis of findings and recommendations for further research.

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Published: July 2010
Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008  
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/maternal_mortality_20100915/en/index.html

Reports that the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth decreased by 34% from an estimated 546 000 in 1990 to 358 000 in 2008. The authors says the progress is notable, but that the annual rate of decline is less than half of what is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 75% between 1990 and 2015. This will require an annual decline of 5.5%. The 34% decline since 1990 translates into an average annual decline of just 2.3%.

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Published: 2010
Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health  
http://www.who.int/making_pregnancy_safer/documents/who_fch_rhr_0311/en/index.html

Aims to establish a common vision and approach, as well as to identify the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) Making Pregnancy Safer initiative. Discusses working with women, men, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health.

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Published: 2010
The Canadian maternity experiences survey  
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/survey-eng.php

A national survey of Canadian women’s experiences, perceptions, knowledge and practices before conception and during pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenthood. A project of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, which monitors and reports on determinants and outcomes of maternal, fetal and infant health in Canada. 

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Published: 2009
Aboriginal mothers in Winnipeg  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/42062

Summarizes the report by the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) entitled Young Aboriginal Mothers in Winnipeg published in May 2009 which states that more than one in five First Nations babies were born to mothers aged 15 to 19 years in 1999.

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Published: Fall/Winter 2009/2010