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Nigeria Campaign To Stop Women Giving Birth In Church

Nigeria Campaign To Stop Women Giving Birth In Church

Twenty-seven-year-old Ransom Linus Martin, four months into her first pregnancy, has come to the Land of Promise church near the city of Calabar for prayers, but it is also where she will be giving birth. She is not alone in her choice, but campaigners are trying to end the practice which is widespread in southern […]

Diabetes during pregnancy linked to liver disease later in life

Diabetes during pregnancy linked to liver disease later in life

Women who develop diabetes while pregnant may be at elevated risk of also developing a dangerous build up of fat in their livers when they reach middle age, according to a new analysis. The common risk factor for both gestational diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, researchers say, is trouble making or using the hormone […]

How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

When a woman goes into labour, Liberata Musabyimana always accompanies her on the walk to the health centre. Sometimes the knock on Musabyimana’s door comes in the middle of the night announcing a baby is due. Or the birth is so swift there is no time to reach the clinic. Instead, the 35-year-old farmer must […]

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

According to one cookbook on the subject, you can mix your raw placenta with yoghurt and fruit in a blender and make a smoothie. Or add it to ground beef in a lasagna recipe. Or make chocolate truffles out of it. Dice it, slice it, sauté it with onions, dehydrate it and grind it up […]

Three steps to a healthy pregnancy

Three steps to a healthy pregnancy

When you’re four weeks pregnant, the baby in your belly is the size of a poppy seed. This little one has a lot of growing to do, and it needs your help. During your first doctor’s appointment you learn about the healthy pregnancy trio: sleep, food, and vitamins. All three are equally important—for both the […]

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