Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Kenya: More Mothers Giving Birth At Home

[Nation] Only one of 10 women who gave birth in public health facilities in the country last year succumbed, but there are still fears that more women gave birth at home on fear of contracting Covid-19. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Biden to End Trump-Era Anti-Abortion 'Global Gag Rule'

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The new president will revoke a policy which prevents foreign groups providing abortion services or counselling from receiving U.S. funding (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Researchers Advocate Training Drug Sellers to Prevent Maternal Deaths

[This Day] With various factors contributing steadily to maternal deaths at 512 of every 100,000 live births, researchers have called for training of drug sellers in Lagos, and Nigeria to prevent deaths from unsafe abortions. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Senior Officials in Hunt for Pregnant Schoolgirls

[Nation] The government will continue cracking down on men who impregnate schoolgirls, but ensure all teenagers access education, Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang has said. (AllAfrica)

Zambia: Midwife Inspired By Health Workers As a Sick Child Goes the Extra Mile to Save Pregnant Women's Lives in Covid-19

[UNFPA] When Moses Nkosi fell ill and was taken to hospital as a child, he was inspired by the health workers who attended him to follow in their footsteps. Achieving this dream was not easy, yet the challenges he faced may have helped prepare him to tackle the difficult time ahead for mothers-to-be in his community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Breaking the Silence That Led to a High Teenage Pregnancy Rate in a Kenyan County

[UNFPA] The diminutive figure wields a surprisingly strong, authoritative voice. Fourteen young mothers are listening to Priscilla Chingulu, who is adept at inspiring crowds. For a nation with an acknowledged teenage pregnancy problem - and even more so during the COVID19 pandemic - this group represents a small but important step forward. (AllAfrica)

Africa: African Countries Differ Widely in Prenatal HIV Testing - Why It Matters

[The Conversation Africa] The introduction of antiretroviral drugs has resulted in a remarkable decline in mother-to-child transmission of HIV. New infections among children declined by 52% worldwide and 55% in sub-Saharan Africa between 2010 and 2019. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Making Childbirth Less Arduous for Pregnant Women

[This Day] Rebecca Ejifoma, who visited the Iyana-Era in Ojo area of Lagos State, reports that the goal of healthcare workers, especially those in involved in the process of childbirth in Primary Health Centres, should be to make the journey less arduous for pregnant women, which in the long run reduces maternal mortality. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: No Sir, School Is Hardly the Place for Pregnant Teens

[Nation] Sample this: "School is important but it can wait," read a Cutting Edge item, titled, 'Expectant pupils' published last Thursday. In it, Job Momanyi rejected the directive to force expectant pupils and mothers back to class. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Special Facilities Set Up in Schools for Teen Mothers

[Nation] Some schools have put in place special measures to help thousands of girls who got pregnant during the long break and teen mothers return to their studies. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why Nigeria's Maternal Mortality Amongst Highest in the World

[Daily Trust] Contributes 20 per cent to global maternal deaths (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Re-Admit Teen Mothers, Pregnant Girls Back to School

[Nation] As schools reopened on Monday, whether all girls will resume learning is a matter of cautious optimism. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Many Pregnant Pupils May Not Resume Learning As Schools Reopen

[Nation] Back to school - Many pupils won't be able to return to school today due to the high number of Covid-19 pandemic pregnancies, laments Tabby Ogutu. This, she adds, is an issue that shouldn't be taken lightly. "Firstly, schools need to create a conducive environment for this group. There should also be special guidance and counselling units to tackle this menace." Her contact is (AllAfrica)

South Africa: On Giving Birth During a Pandemic in South Africa

[Daily Maverick] When South Africa went into lockdown expectant mothers had to give birth in the middle of a pandemic. Some of them share their experiences of birth and motherhood in a masked and socially distanced world. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Women Need Support and Understanding After Miscarriage

[IPS] Abuja -- Recently, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, wrote a piece sharing about her miscarriage. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second, she wrote. She is part of a growing list of celebrities who have publicly shared their experiences with miscarriages. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Youths Raise Awareness On Abortion Bill

[Nyasa Times] Mzuzu Youth Advocates has intensified community awareness on the importance of Parliament to deliberate the Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill and pass it into a comprehensive and inclusive. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: MEC Madoda Sambatha On Babies Born On Christmas Day in North West Province

[Govt of SA] The North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has commended all women who gave birth on Christmas Day for attendance of the Antenatal Clinic which ensured that they give birth to healthy babies. The Province has as at 23h59 on the 25 December recorded a total of 133 babies made of 68 males and 65 females. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Moi Hospital Delivers 88 Christmas Babies

[Nation] More than 80 expectant mothers at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret celebrated Christmas by giving birth at the facility. A total of 88 babies were born at the facility on Christmas day and December 26. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: We Looked At the Link Between Sexual Violence and Unintended Pregnancy

[The Conversation Africa] Early unintended pregnancy can have negative consequences for adolescent girls and young women. Not only may their health be at risk; so may their education, economic mobility and productivity. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Painless Birth But Only For 'The Rich'

[Nation] Pregnant women in Rwanda can now have epidural painless and normal (vaginal) delivery without going through a surgical procedure. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Health Minister Blames Abortion for High Maternal Mortality

[Foroyaa] Dr. Ahmad Lamin Samateh, the Gambia's Health Minister, said Thursday one of the causes of maternal mortality in the country is due to the actions of crude abortionists. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Hundreds Protest Over "Alarming Rate" of Maternal Deaths

[The Point] Hundreds of people mainly women yesterday thronged the busy Kairaba Avenue road protesting over what they described the "alarming rate" of maternal mortality in the country. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Health Minister Concerned At Low Contraceptive Use

[AIM] Maputo -- Mozambican Health Minister Armindo Tiago on Wednesday expressed concern at the low level of contraceptive use, which results in Mozambique's high fertility rate (5.2 births for every woman of childbearing age, according to the 2017 population census). (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Outcry As Vic Falls Council Hikes Maternity Fees

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Zimbabwe: Worry Over Gaps in Adolescent Sexuality Education, Access to Contraceptives

[263Chat] The government has cited gaps in the adolescent sexuality education and access to contraceptives for the upsurge in teenage pregnancies. (AllAfrica)

Africa: States Must Ensure Access to Contraceptives Even During COVID-19 Pandemic, UN Experts Say

[OHCHR] Geneva -- Access to family planning is a human right protected by international law, and States must continue to ensure it even during the COVID-19 pandemic, say UN human rights experts. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Success - a Possibility After Repeated IVF Failures (II)

[This Day] There is a high and similarly equal chance of success on the first three attempts at In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but if not successful, then a fourth attempt will offer little success unless there has been a major change in protocol, or the "environment" that the embryos are placed into is changed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Studying Nursing Just Got a Lot Easier, Says Student Nurse, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Maiduguri

[WHO] Maiduguri -- As part of its health system strengthening in the insurgency-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the north-east Nigeria, World Health organization is touching millions of lives by rehabilitating, reconstructing or equipping health facilities and building the capacities of national health work-force. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Why Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Liberia Are Ideal Birthplaces

[East African] Bill Gates, co-founder of tech giant Microsoft, philanthropist, and one of the world's richest men scares some people, especially those on the extreme political right. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: The NURHI Project - 10 Years of Impact on the Family Planning Space

[Nigeria Health Watch] The availability of family planning services, enables girls and women to make informed choices about birth spacing and their desired family size. It also contributes to improved sexual and reproductive health and the wellbeing of children, women, and families. Many sexually active women are still not empowered to make informed choices in developing countries like Nigeria. This is often because they do not have access to the information they need, the poor availability of reproductive health services or neg (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Gambians to Protest Against Rising Maternal Deaths

[The Point] Having registered series of maternal deaths in The Gambia, a group of concern Gambians called Mbama Care Foundation in partnership with Gambian Women's Lives Matter will hold a peaceful protest today 23 September 2020 at Westfield. (AllAfrica)

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