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For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully embrace equity

On this International Women's Day 2023 the campaign theme is embrace equity. Do you know that pregnancy and the transition to motherhood is a critical “tipping point” on the road to gender equity and therefore needs to be a crucial focus for policy makers. Getting it right during pregnancy and birth reduces downstream expenditure on

Maternal Health Series – Maternal Health the Hidden Public Health Epidemic

Birthing Work and Matrescence: The neglected aspect of maternity care The ANU Gender Institute and Maternal Health Matters Inc. invite you to join us online for the second of our seminar series that will explore the impact of maternity on women’s wellbeing and the transition to parenting. The health and wellbeing of mothers is critically

The Lancet Series on Breastfeeding

Do you know that whether a woman breastfeeds her baby—or not—can affect the lifelong health of both? Breastfeeding is the normal biological extension of pregnancy and childbirth. Women wear the emotional burden when they do not breast feed, yet often it is the over-medicalised maternity care systems that impact on breast feeding rates. Given the

MHM UPDATE – 1 January 2023

Greetings from Maternal Health Matters. We hope you have all had a fruitful year.  Read about our work over the past year. In 2023, MHM will continue our focus on the impact of disrespectful maternity care on maternal and newborn health, the role of midwives in maternal and reproductive health, and gender equity for childbearing women.

Christmas 2022

The story of Christmas, reminds us of the importance of mothers. Mary, as mother, is central to the Christmas story, without her there is no infant, no Christmas. Christmas is a poignant time to reflect on the pivotal role mothers have in growing and nurturing new life. As a society we need to honour this

Human Rights Day – 11 December 2022

Dignity is a foundational value It’s an interesting word ‘dignity’. Dignity is a foundational value in human rights, ethics, politics, philosophy and respectful maternity care. Dignity is a guiding value in medical ethics and features prominently in  codes of medical ethics - the Declaration of Helsinki, the World Medical Association International Code of Medical Ethics.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Today is Giving Tuesday, "a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world." We know that the health and wellbeing of infants and children is critically connected to the health and wellbeing of their mother.  By defending women's dignity, safety and rights – we raise

Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence runs from 25 November to 10 December annually. It begins each year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until Human Rights Day. The aim is to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women

Maternal Health Brief 2022

Dignity is to maternity care, what justice is to law A little about us.  Maternal Health Matters Inc. (MHM) is a non-for-profit incorporated organisation and registered charity that is working to improve maternal health by promoting and advocating Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) for all women during maternity care - pregnancy, childbirth, and in the time

World Children’s Day

2022 Theme: Inclusion, For Every Child World Children’s Day is celebrated each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. In 2022, we commemorate the 68th anniversary of the World Children’s Day.  On this day November in 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the

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