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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

A new WHO report – Health literacy

Health literacy is a societal responsibility Key determinants in someone's pregnancy are their knowledge of how to be healthy, and how to find their way through a health system. The idea that society—not only an individual—is responsible for this 'health literacy' is central to a new World Health Organisation report. This report reflects what women

Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard

New standard to reduce the pain and silence of stillbirth Stillbirth is the most common form of perinatal death in Australia, accounting for 7 in every 1,000 births. For families that experience a stillbirth they often grieve in private because of the culture of silence around the loss of a baby. The Stillbirth Clinical Care

Saying No

Saying ‘No’ to a maternity care professionals “Because of the power dynamic, women often avoid upsetting their maternity health professional because they are afraid that this will adversely affect the care they receive during pregnancy, labour and birth. What needs to be considered here, however, is how adversely a stream of ‘Yeses’ also affects one’s

International Day of Rural Women

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October 2022   Access to maternity care is difficult for rural women.  Many must travel long distances and accept unwanted (and unwarranted physiologically) interventions due service limitations. In 2022, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) is spotlighted this issue for their annual Awareness week. CWA NSW, supported by NSW Nurses

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2022   The upheavals that have taken place across the globe as a result of COVID19 are significant and long lasting with the burden being felt acutely throughout the caring professions, with nurses, carers, teachers and doctors carrying much of the load. Many of these are female dominated

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child - 11 October 2022 In 2022, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG).  In these last 10 years, there has been increased attention on issues that matter to girls amongst governments, policymakers and the general public, and more opportunities for girls to have their

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