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Why deaths by suicide often go uncounted in states’ maternal mortality studies

Suicide and overdose are both leading causes of preventable pregnancy-related death, which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. But few states are keeping track of this relationship.

‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

An attack on a Kabul maternity ward comes at a time when the future of women’s health efforts in Afghanistan is already complicated.

Is Getting Pregnant “Medically Necessary” Right Now?

Tens of thousands patients' fertility treatments have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Should IVF treatments be considered essential?

Pregnant Black women navigate two public health crises during COVID-19 in Milwaukee

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare a 'perfect storm' of health inequalities that further risk pregnant Black women's lives.

Coronavirus threatens an already strained maternal health system

On Wednesday, March 18, 28-year-old Latoyha Young and her mother, Thomasina Hayten, rushed to Sutter Health Hospital in Sacramento, believing that Young was in labor. Hospital staff sent her home — she wasn’t far enough…

When You’re Pregnant During a Pandemic

On February 27, I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and immediately had a desperate urge to pee. I should have known then, squatting in the snow next to the sign marking the summit, that I was pregnant.…

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