Pregnancy and Childbirth

News : Pregnancy and Childbirth

Kenya: Crisis as Nearly 380,000 Teenagers Become Mothers

[Nation] One in five girls aged between 15 and 19 in Kenya is either pregnant or has given birth already, a new report shows. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigeria Records 4% Improvement On Babies Delivered By Skilled Birth Attendants

[This Day] Abuja -With just 10 years away from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target of 2030, Nigeria has recorded four per cent improvement in the number of babies being delivered by skilled birth attendants. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: NGO Trains Bauchi Journalists On Child Birth Spacing

[This Day] Bauchi -Journalists in Bauchi State have been urged to sensitise families on the importance of child spacing. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: Improving National and District Capacity to Tackle Maternal Mortality

[WHO] Maternal mortality remains a major concern in Sierra Leone. Recent statistics show that maternal mortality accounts for 36 percent of all deaths among women age 15-49 in the country. This makes Sierra Leone one of the countries in the world with the highest life-time risk of women dying at pregnancy or childbirth. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Increase in Percentage of Older Women With Unplanned Babies - Stats SA

[News24Wire] A higher percentage of older women had babies when they hadn't planned to, according to the 2016 Unwanted Fertility report released by Statistics SA on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Separating Goodness and Mercy

[Daily Trust] Inside story of how first twins joined at the chest and abdomen were split in Nigeria (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Teenage Pregnancy Driving 10,000 Girls Out of School Annually

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Cases of teenage pregnancy in the country have remained unchanged with as many as 10,000 girls dropping out of school every year. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Unintended Pregnancies on the Rise as Family Planning Declines - Study

[Capital FM] The rate of unintended pregnancies has increased in the country as the uptake of family planning services declined, a survey released by Performance Monitoring and Action (PMA) has revealed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Midwives Are a LLifeline for Better Maternal Health, Nigeria Must Invest in Them

[Nigeria Health Watch] Editor's Note: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Year 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and The Midwife. In this Thought Leadership OpEd for Nigeria Health Watch, Olajumoke Adebayo, a Young Midwifery Leader at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), writes about the critical roles that midwives play in reducing maternal mortality around the world and why Nigeria must begin to pay attention to investments into this health workforce cadre, for the good of its mothers and child (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Let's Prevent Post-Partum Depression and Provide Care to Those in Need

[IPS] Abuja -Recently, Nigerian feminist author Ukamaka Olisakwe spoke about her post-partum depression after giving birth in the city of Aba, southeast Nigeria. This follows her 2019 Longreads essay, in which she narrated painful details of her experience. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'Cruel, Torturous and Degrading' - Commission On Forced Sterilisation HIV+ Women

[News24Wire] The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has found that the practice of forced or coerced sterilisation for women living with HIV in South Africa's public hospitals was "cruel, torturous or inhuman and degrading treatment". (AllAfrica)

South Africa: South Africa's C-Section Rate Double What It Should Be?

[Africa Check] With the start of the new year, babies born on the first day of 2020 were celebrated in South Africa. But it was not plain sailing for all expectant mothers. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Let's Protect Our Children From Bad Content - Moral Police

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Kenya Film Classification Board has appealed to media and entertainment stakeholders to ensure that children are protected from inappropriate content in their programs. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: UNICEF, EU to Provide 25,000 Youths With Skills in Borno

[This Day] Twenty-five thousand internally displaced youths in Borno State are slated for skill acquisition programme of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and European Union. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: "Engaging the international community on the issues of demography, peace and security in the Sahel region"

[UNFPA in WCA] Bamako, February 20, 2020, On Thursday, February 20, the Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) for West and Central Africa (WCARO) is organizing a session on "Demography, Peace and Security" as part of the 20th edition of the Bamako Forum "Africa on the horizon 2040: between memories and futures" which is held from February 20 to 22, 2020 in Bamako, Mali under the High Patronage of the President of  the Republic of Mali, His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Soba Conjoined Twins Now in Abuth for Surgery

[Daily Trust] Zaria -The conjoined twins that were born at home in Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State are now receiving attention at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, Arewa Trust Weekly reports. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Bodaboda Riders Land Role in War On Maternal, Child Deaths

[Citizen] Sengerema -In a bid to reduce maternal and child mortality rates in Tanzania, the Aga Khan Foundation has launched a special project involving bodaboda and Bajaj riders who would provide transport services for expectant mothers to hospitals and delivery centres. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Over 78,000 Babies Born to Teen Mothers in Four Years

[New Times] A few days ago, First Lady Jeannette Kagame addressed fellow African First Ladies who had gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and voiced her concern about growing gaps in parent-child communication, limited access to sexual reproductive health information and quality services that continue to sabotage efforts to deliver the Africa that the continent's youth deserve. (AllAfrica)

Morocco: Maternal Deaths Declining in Morocco Thanks to Midwives, but More Support Needed

[UNFPA] Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. "A woman was delivering vaginally," Ms. Baloui recalled. "After several hours, the labour stopped suddenly." (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (I)

[This Day] We always imagine that women within their reproductive age should be able to get pregnant on their own. It is really devastating for young beautiful women to be told by their physician that they cannot achieve pregnancy naturally. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Wadadia Patron Healing Fistula Wounds Through Football

[Nation] Thousands of women and young girls in the country live in poverty as outcasts, rejected by their husbands, family and the community because they suffer from the devastating consequences of obstetric fistula. Expectant mothers with the condition are at risk of delivering still-borns. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Namibia Tackles Early Pregnancy

[Namibian] NAMIBIA has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing early and unintended pregnancies among the youth. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fayemi Approves Six Months Maternity Leave for Ekiti Workers

[Premium Times] The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has approved six months (180 days) maternity leave for female workers in the state public service. (AllAfrica)

Africa: European Lawmakers Slam Global Abortion 'Misinformation' Network

[DW] Several European politicians and MEPs have called for action against abortion "misinformation" clinics. Many of the Christian conservative facilities have been accused of spreading fear among vulnerable women. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Govt Vows to Act Against U.S.-Linked Anti-Abortion 'Clinics'

[Daily Maverick] Thousands of 'crisis pregnancy centres' worldwide affiliated to conservative American Christian organisations are using fear and misinformation to persuade women not to have abortions. The local chapter of an international investigation by journalists reveals that these centres have their tentacles firmly in South Africa. This report is part of a global investigation by openDemocracy. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: In My Humble Opinion - It's the Right Thing to Do - Keeping Post-Pregnant Girls in School

[Citizen] Pregnant school girls should go back to school after birthing - and should not be expelled. Why? Because "Tanzania needs skilled and well-educated women and men to take part in the development of the country. So, it cannot just stand aside while it is losing the most precious contribution of many young Tanzanian women to the development of the country because of early marriages and pregnancies..." (AllAfrica)

Africa: UNFPA Highlights Need to Address Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women in Crisis Areas

[IPS] United Nations -The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is appealing for $683million in their mission to address sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls in conflict areas in the world. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Labouring Farmers Show Why Premature Births May Boom in a Warmer World

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Jali -As climate change brings more heat extremes, researchers are tracking the risks facing Gambia's pregnant farmers and their babies (AllAfrica)

Africa: There's No Doubt Nurses, Midwives Are the Heart of Healthcare

[East African] A man who really cares for his patients will soon learn to ask for and appreciate the information of a nurse, who is at once a careful observer and a clear reporter." (AllAfrica)

Kenya: George Magoha Orders Siaya School to Admit Pregnant Girls

[Nation] Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has ordered schools in Siaya County to admit pregnant girls in Form One. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Universal Health Coverage Will Remain Elusive for Women and Adolescents Unless It Includes Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] This is not only good public health; it makes economic sense as well (AllAfrica)

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