'The Perfect Donor' Film and the Complexities of Commercial Egg Donation – An Interview with Medical Anthropologist Diane Tober, Ph.D.

Jessica Buchleitner with Diane Tober Ph.D. – WNN Interviews (WNN) San Francisco, California, U.S., AMERICAS – Commercial egg donation is a growing industry around the world with varying governance and legalities by country. Many women who’ve not been able to conceive but want to experience pregnancy and childbirth turn to egg donation. It is commonly used […]

Mobile cash transfers help Tanzanians fight fistula

Mobile cash transfers help Tanzanians fight fistula

Kizito Makoye  – DW – Monday, 09 July 2014 While maternal healthcare in Tanzania is free, transport costs remain a huge challenge. One program is now using a mobile money service known as M-Pesa to bring women in need of fistula surgery to the hospital. CCBRT’s communications manager Abdul Kajumulo told DW, that the money […]

Celebrating [Nepal] mothers

Celebrating [Nepal] mothers

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba – Republica – Monday, 13 May 2013 (originally published 09 May) Indira Gandhi, when asked to state her greatest moment in life, reportedly said, “When I became a mother.” Indeed, if one of the most powerful women in world history regarded becoming a mother as the greatest moment in her life, […]

Women in Prison Fare Better in China

Women in Prison Fare Better in China

Didi Kirsten Tatlow  – New York Times – Thursday, 13 September 2012 (originally published 11 Sept) BEIJING — Shackling during childbirth? Wang Jinling sounds horrified when asked whether it happens in Chinese prisons, as it does in prisons in the United States. “Really!” said Ms. Wang, one of China’s leading researchers on women in prison, […]

Fewer women dying in childbirth

Fewer women dying in childbirth

United Nations – The Gleaner – Tuesday, 29 May 2012 (originally published 21 May) Every two minutes, a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications, the four most common causes being severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, and unsafe abortion. Ninety-nine per cent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries; most could have […]

The best and worst places to be a woman

The best and worst places to be a woman

Independent –  NZ Herald – Thursday, 08 March 2012 (originally published 05 Mar) When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. “From London to Lahore,” says Oxfam, “inequality between men […]