State of the World's Mothers

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Dr. Joy Lawn, professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the lead researcher for Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, on Save the Children's new report out about the differences around the world for new mothers and babies.



Dr. Joy Lawn

Comments [16]

I wonder if there is a correlation between the number of chemicals and toxins that U.S. women are exposed to and the relatively high number of neonatal births and birth-day deaths. Top on my list of possibilities is the unknown effect of food additives. Do Scandinavian women have less exposure to chemicals and toxins in general and, more importantly, during gestation and — to expand the topic a bit — nursing?

May. 09 2013 01:28 AM
The Truth from Becky

Caller - I grew up in BROOKLYN and I can knit and crochet....depends on the family inside of the home NOT the location.

May. 08 2013 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

God Bless the woman that's got her own...checking account! No matter what they say, you can have a both!

May. 08 2013 11:34 AM
pliny from soho

if modern man can't reproduce
without massive intervention
he is in trouble

the poor shall inherit the earth

May. 08 2013 11:32 AM
Liora Farkovitz from Brooklyn

One of the factors advocates against family violence would like to have included within this metric is how mothers are treated in the family courts when issues of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse are raised. In these cases, when abusive fathers pursue custody, 70% of the time they win custody. A mother facing family court without adequate legal support, and her children, are doomed to a life of violence. Domestic violence does not go away just because there is a divorce decree. In fact, it usually gets much worse, because the courts do not understand that dynamics of Coercive Control. This is a particular problem in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information seek out Drombowski, et. al v. United States through the Inter American Commission on Human Rights.

May. 08 2013 11:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hopefully, by the end of this century, or sooner, chidren will be produced in factories, so the entire problem will become moot.

May. 08 2013 11:27 AM

OMG -- what a great ending. I am so please that she mentioned exclusive breastfeeding!!

May. 08 2013 11:26 AM

How do us rates compare to (millions of) immigrant countries of origination ? I know there is a direct correlation w regard to obesity in certain schools at least.

May. 08 2013 11:24 AM
pam from Manasquan, NJ

i am a RN/Perinatal Bereavement counselor, i am wondering what kind of bereavement support these families receive, if any?

May. 08 2013 11:24 AM
Brian R. from Red Bank, NJ


Has the guest looked at the prevalence of artificially-created, high-risk pregnancies as a cause of early births? (i.e. does hormone therapy and the like contribute)


May. 08 2013 11:23 AM
moshe from UWS

the URL to the report seems to be erroneous. can you please correct it.

May. 08 2013 11:22 AM

So, on newborn deaths in Africa, the formula companies had a field day when HIV first appeared on the scene promoting formula. This was before the studies showed that exclusive breastfeeding had no greater rates of transmission than exclusive formula feeding -- and guess which group suffered greater mortality? The formula fed group. In areas of poor water and sanitation, the mortality rates are considerably increased among formula fed infants. A study in Malaysia showed a 5-fold increase in risk of death among formula fed infants who lived in households wit no flush toilets or clean water compared to breast fed infants who lived in the same type of households.

May. 08 2013 11:20 AM

I saw two births in the Congo. One, a woman who had been carrying a load of firewood and then sat down and delivered her 12th baby. I was with an MD at the time who clamped the cord and sent her on her way. She was fine. Then I was invited to watch a hospital birth. This was the mother's SEVENTH cesarian section -- this was in Buta -- which is way up in the NorthEast corner of the Congo. These women need better birth control and infants and young children need better health care to survive infancy so their mothers can confidently deliver.

There are nuances in the nutrient deficiencies as well. Iodine deficiency in the North East Congo increases the risk of hypothyroidism and in that area cretinism is high as well. Hypothyroidism almost certainly impacts birth, newborn survival and even milk supply. In Nepal, vitamin A deficiency increases maternal mortality. Betacarotene capsules actually reduced mortality by about 50%. It is not just about delivery practices alone.

May. 08 2013 11:16 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Just say No to kids.

May. 08 2013 11:01 AM
Casey from NYC

What is "Meh"?

May. 08 2013 10:10 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Given the fractured and disrupted state of the slave economy, does the doctor recommend child production for young American couples?

May. 08 2013 09:13 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.