Maternal and Reproductive Health
Save the Children works to improve maternal, newborn, infant and child survival in communities around the world. Access to contraception for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy will help women achieve the healthiest outcomes for women, newborns, infants and children. When mothers become pregnant again too soon after giving birth, it puts their health and their children's health and well-being at risk.
It's estimated that family planning already helps save the lives of at least 272,000 women and girls worldwide every year.
16 million adolescent girls, aged 15–19 give birth each year, and are at risk of adverse outcomes for themselves and their babies.
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Save the Children's Senior Director of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Winifride Mwebesa, speaks on the importance of family planning in reducing maternal and child deaths worldwide.
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How Family Planning Helps Children
In addition to improving survival rates for mothers and babies, use of family planning reduces the spread of HIV by averting pregnancy in HIV-infected women preventing unintended pregnancy among HIV positive women who do not want to become pregnant. Fertility declines are associated with an increase in women’s health, earnings and participation in paid employment. When teen-aged girls delay motherhood until their bodies are ready, they stay in school and can create better, healthier lives for themselves – and their children.
Save the Children has a team of 1,000 health professionals worldwide who specialize in maternal health, family planning, reproductive health, neonatal health, child survival, HIV and AIDS, and community mobilization. These dedicated health professionals work in some of the most challenging contexts, including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Guinea, Sudan, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen.