Newborn Health

Gap in stillbirths slows between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians

The gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia, is narrowing, new research has found. A new study published in BJOG looked at 881,211 singleton births from 1995 to 2011. Of the total number of births 49,450 (5.6 per cent) were to indigenous women...

9/11 dust cloud may have caused pregnancy complications

Pregnant women who were exposed to the dust cloud in New York City on September 11th 2001 experienced complications when they gave birth. Research by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs found that pregnant women who were living close to the World...

Life-saving drug only administered to half of babies born premature

A life-saving steroid injection which can prevent disability and even death in premature babies is only being administered to half of the mothers who give birth prematurely in hospital. The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a study, that has been published in The Lancet, from May 2010 to...

Nutrition and health key for newborn size

A newborn's size can be determined with varying levels of nutrition and health, according to a new study. Researchers at Oxford University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, noted that the care provided during pregnancy and the educational, health and nutritional status of the...

Over 30 countries will fail to meet MDGs

More than 30 countries will reach the end of next year without meeting the Millennium Development Goals of cutting infant and maternal mortality. These are the findings of a new report from Countdown to 2015, which found that less than half of the 75 countries analysed were on track to meet the...

WHO: Women’s groups can help fight newborn deaths

Groups of women should co-operate as part of a new type of intervention to promote safe motherhood and boost the health of mothers and children, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The body has been developing and testing the process in four partner countries based on a UCL Institute for...

Somaliland sees drop in maternal mortality

Maternal and infant mortality are both slowly falling in Somaliland, according to figures from the Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association (SLNMA). The organisation says the maternal and infant mortality rate has declined from 1,600 to 1,440 deaths per 100,000 live births since 2004, the...

Infant mortality rate 'remains high in Guam'

An official has warned that Guam still has a particularly high infant mortality rate. According to Teri Covington of the National Center for Child Death Review, about 45 children die in the country every year, the Pacific News Center reports. This, she said, is too many and insisted that steps need...

Water toxicity linked to child mortality

A new report from UNESCO and UN Water has suggested that toxicity within drinking water is a major cause of child mortality around the globe. According to statistics from the UN, some 869,000 children under five die every year due to toxically germ-infested unsafe drinking water - almost three to...

Tackling pneumonia 'remains a challenge in Bangladesh'

Tackling pneumonia among children in Bangladesh is proving to be difficult, an official has admitted. According to Dr Shams El Arifeen, director of the centre for child and adolescent health at Icddr,b, progress in dealing with a number of widespread health issues in the country has been made in...