Global Motherhood

For many women, blissful maternity isn’t an option.
International Day of the Girl is celebrated on 11 October each year. Around the world NGOs, civil society groups, UN agencies
Progress in public health sometimes feels slow, but the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that India
Achok, whose story was relayed to me by her cousin Dr. Jane Juma, finally made it to the UN compound where many other families
This phase is a curious mix of excitement and anxiety, of power and powerlessness -- all bundled into our bodies. No wonder, science says that motherhood brings physical changes in your brain too.
Most work life balance conversations are between stay at home versus career mum but what about mumpreneurs? The career mum might struggle with juggling her 9 to 5 (or more like 5 to 9) and missing some milestones. She might have to decide between the sales pitch and her daughter's prize giving day in school.
When Thabile visited the Nkhaba Health Centre for her first antenatal visit, there was a lot on her mind. Diagnosed with HIV four years prior, she expressed her fear to the nurses at the clinic...fear that she would infect her child and fear that she would die, leaving him orphaned.
To the funders, stakeholders, and policy makers, I urge you to revert your attention back home. Focus on the number of lives we are losing each year to AIDS and other preventable reproductive health issues.
I planned to ask about motherhood, despite the fact that multiple people warned me that it could come across as silly. "What does he know about motherhood?" They wondered. "You should ask about something more profound. Something spiritual."
Here in the US and on a global scale, ensuring the health of women and girls is still a major challenge. While maternal mortality