Maternal health

Maternal health

The Canadian maternity experiences survey

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English
Translated Title: 
l’Enquête canadienne sur l’expérience de la maternité
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Paper
Online
Publisher: 
Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with Statistics Canada
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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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Includes bibliographical references.

Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health

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Collaborer avec des individus, les familles et les communautés pour améliorer la santé maternelle et néonatale
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Online
Publisher: 
World Health Organization Department of Making Pregnancy Safer
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Geveva, Switzerland

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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Also available in Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish. Visit the website to download those documents. Includes bibliographical references. WHO reference number: WHO/MPS/09.04

Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008

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Translated Title: 
Tendances de la mortalité maternelle sur la période 1990-2008
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Online
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World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

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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ISBN: 978 92 4 150026 5
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Includes bibliographical references.

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

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Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Womens' Health (ACEWH)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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En Ligne
Author: 
Kathy Petite
Barbara Clow
Publisher: 
Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
July 2010
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

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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Includes bibliographical references.

Women and Health

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Online
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World Health Organization
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World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
January 2010
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

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),

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

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Judith Bueno de Mesquita
Paul Hunt
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United Nations Population Fund
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

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“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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Young Aboriginal mothers in Winnipeg

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Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Online
Author: 
Lisa Murdock
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Project #181
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
May 2009
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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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ISBN 9781897250235

Aboriginal mothers in Winnipeg

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Jane Shulman
Edition: 
Vol. 12 N.1
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
Fall/Winter 2009/2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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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ISSN 14800039
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The Young Aboriginal Mothers in Winnipeg report can be viewed on the PWHCE Website at: www.pwhce.ca/youngAborigMothersMurdock.htm

Birth by design: pregnancy, maternity care, and midwifery in North America and Europe

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Raymond De Vries (ed.)
Cecilia Benoit (ed.)
Edwin R. van Teijlingen (ed.)
Sirpa Wrede (ed.)
Publisher: 
Routledge
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

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.

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ISBN 0415923387
PREG.B57 2001
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Finding out about birthing options in rural Canada is harder than you might think

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Rebecca Sutherns
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
Publisher: 
Network/Le Réseau
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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.

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ISSN 14800039
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