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Finding out about birthing options in rural Canada is harder than you might think
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
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
Presents a series of seven fact sheets. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Aboriginal mothers in Winnipeg

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
Young Aboriginal mothers in Winnipeg

The aim of this study was to develop a better understanding of the issues surrounding teen pregnancy among Aboriginal women, in order to adequately respond to the needs of young Aboriginal mothers through effective policies, programs and practices.

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Published: May 2009
Reducing maternal mortality: the contribution of the right to the highest attainable standard of health

From the introduction:

“Over half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and birth. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, States resolved to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015. This commitment is encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals, which derive from the Millennium Summit commitments, and which have come to play a defining role in international development efforts. Goal 5 is a commitment to improve maternal health: the reduction of maternal mortality is an outcome chosen to assess progress in this regard. This resolve by States to reduce maternal mortality is not new. However, never before has the issue been given such prominence on the international development agenda.”

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Published: 2010
Women and Health

Part of a series of United Nations online discussions dedicated to the fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000),

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Published: January 2010
The impact of overweight and obesity on maternal and newborn health: a critical review of the literature

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