Nigeria suffers a rate of almost 43 stillbirths per 1000 births, whereas Iceland has a rate of only 1.3 per 1000 births. How can Nigeria simultaneously reduce its stillbirth rate and ensure that the 43 mothers per 1000 births are supported?
Know what delights the heck out of me? Surprising people. As a doula, this is something I do a LOT.
Going to the hospital to have a second baby is a bit like being a sophomore at school -- you've been here, done this. You know your way around campus, what not to have for lunch and what you need in your locker vs. school bag.
In order for US women to have access to midwives who are educated and able to provide high-quality, high-value care, a workforce transformation must take place. We need a government willing to invest in women.
So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.
Which states are the most fertile -- and how might the expense of having children and changes in health policy affect women's decision to have children?
Not only were women subject to discriminatory rates, but none of the preventive services women typically need were required. That is no longer the case. But a glaring hole remains -- the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid to cover 6.4 million of the working poor.
While my levels of intensity and exercise naturally decreased as these pregnancies progressed, the workouts have yet to stop. Yes, even CrossFit.
Most developed countries provide deeply subsidized, flat-fee maternity care to give each newborn the healthiest start possible, but the cost of prenatal care and delivery in the U.S. is the highest in the world. Farah Miller and Julianna Miner join Mike to discuss.
Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post. "The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about