Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Many human rights organizations, such as Every Mother Counts, value maternal health as a basic human right. Another great organization is Amnesty International, which is specifically focusing its efforts on maternal health in the United States.
Pregnancy and childbirth claim the lives of 1,000 women every day. That’s roughly 350,000 women each year. That comes down to one woman every 90 seconds, and 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of blogs that cover this issue, or at least blogs that have covered this issue recently. One of the best that’s out there is the blog for the Maternal Health Task Force. Another great source is the column of Nicholas D. Kristof in the New York Times. Kristof is the author of the book, Half the Sky, which explores the status of women around the world.