Newborn Health

Target to reduce newborn deaths within reach

It is vital that we keep or increase the pace of progress to reach the SDG neonatal mortality target. FIGO's International Childbirth Initiative offers a template for the quality care which will best protect women and their babies...

Zero Malaria Must Start With Pregnancy

Malaria remains one of the most preventable causes of adverse birth outcomes, and it is vital that global decision-makers understand the particular burden this disease places on pregnant women.

Born Too Soon

Preterm birth complication is the leading contributor to death among children under five years worldwide. What do the policy makers need to know and do?

Launching the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI)

12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care launches at FIGO’s World Congress in Brazil...

In Celebration of Breastfeeding

Jessica explains why she loves breastfeeding, and why we must ensure that everyone knows more about the benefits.

Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life

Breastfeeding is regarded as the best foundation for life for newborn infants, and has health benefits for new mothers too.

Air pollution exposure 'not linked to ADHD'

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may not be linked to an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other symptoms of hyperactivity in children, according to new research. The study was carried out at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain,...

New definition of skilled health personnel

WHO, FIGO, UNFPA, UNICEF, ICM, ICN, and IPA we have published a joint statement on a new definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth.

Environmental toxin linked to childhood brain development disorder

Exposing pregnant women and children to common thyroid-hormone-disrupting toxins could have serious implications for brain development. That is according to a new review from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Sorbonne in France. It found that many common chemicals...

Air pollution exposure during foetal life linked with impaired cognitive functions

A child could grow up with impaired cognitive functions if their mother was exposed to air pollution during pregnancy, a new study suggests. According to the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain and the Erasmus University Medical Center of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, air...