Haitian health workers aim to boost prenatal care

Instead of modern prenatal care, many Haitian women without funds seek herbal remedies and midwives, who often lack formal training.
Sep 27, 2017
Martha Langarica, right, holds her 4-month-old daughter, Mia, as Evelyn Reyes, 16 months old, takes a closer look. The families were visiting Open Arms Perinatal Services to get advice from the doulas and personnel at the center, as well as diapers. (Photo by Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

Culturally sensitive doulas offer a vital lifeline to new moms

Statistics suggest doulas can help reduce preterm labor and C-section rates, but they can also help bring important cultural traditions to labor and birth.
Jan 13, 2017

Brazil’s Zika mothers are speaking out

While health experts are still scrambling to explain the link between Zika and birth defects, a generation of new mothers fight to ensure that their children have a voice
Jun 28, 2016

Mothers around the world deserve safe, accessible healthcare

The lifetime chance for a woman to die in childbirth in the U.S. is 1 in 1800; in Togo it’s 1 in 46. This is unacceptable.
May 6, 2016

First Zika case identified in King County

A King County resident who had been in Colombia was diagnosed with the Zika infection, the first case in the county.
May 4, 2016

Strong bonds grow at program for pregnant Somali women

The mysterious underwater rhythm of an in-utero heartbeat is the signature sound of prenatal checkups. When I was pregnant, it was a ritual I looked forward to. Now, four months after the birth of my son, I’m hearing that amazing sound again, but in a very different setting. It’s coming from behind a folding screen […]
Apr 29, 2016