Subject Guide: Maternal & Child Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning
Access to the best available prenatal and childbirth care is the basic right of every pregnant woman and newborn. Organizations such as The World Bank and USAID recognize that saving the lives of mothers is imperative for social and economic development, as well as human rights. The estimates for maternal deaths worldwide was over 500,000 for the year 2005. However, if all women had access to family planning and reproductive health services, a large percentage of these deaths could be avoided entirely. Furthermore, intervention programs to reduce maternal death also contribute significantly to reducing newborn mortality. Despite a general consensus that maternal mortality and morbidity cannot be reduced without midwives, the numbers of these skilled providers have not significantly increased over the last two decades; in some countries, the actual numbers of skilled midwifery providers has even started to decline.
Addressing the Issue
In addition to resources concerning maternal and child health topics and reproductive health, the HRH Global Resource Center includes materials on the related topics of family planning, emergency obstetric care, midwifery and skilled attendance.
- Integrating the PEPFAR Technical Considerations into Health Services to Improve the Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence in Kenya: Final Report
- How Do Malawian Women Rate the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care? Experiences and Perceptions of Women in the Central and Southern Regions
- Birth Location Preferences of Mothers and Fathers in Rural Ghana: Implications for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth Outcomes
- Effect of Applying Performance Improvement Model on Ante-Natal Care Nurses Performance in Family Heath Centers in Qena City
- Specialist Services in the Indian Rural Public Health System for Maternal and Child Healthcare – A Study of Four States
 World Bank. Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health. Accessed on October 29, 2008.
 Human Resources for Health. Human Resources for Maternal Health: Multi-Purpose or Specialists?. Accessed on October 29, 2008.