WBEZ | maternal healthcare http://www.wbez.org/tags/maternal-healthcare Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Parents around the globe using modern technology to choose boys over girls http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-03/parents-around-globe-using-modern-technology-choose-boys-over-girls-9523 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-03/unnatural1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The selective termination of a pregnancy based on gender is on the rise globally.&nbsp; Science has made it easier than ever to detect the sex of a fetus and to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy.&nbsp; The phenomenon is growing not only in countries like China and India, but also in places like Vietnam, Korea, Georgia and Albania.</p><p><a href="http://marahvistendahl.com/" target="_blank">Mara Hvistendahl</a> is the Beijing-based correspondent for <em><a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/" target="_blank">Science</a></em> magazine and author of <a href="http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=9781586488505" target="_blank"><em>Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men</em></a>. She tells <em>Worldview</em> why, as sex selection becomes more common and the world becomes increasingly male, we may face profound social upheaval down the road.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-03/parents-around-globe-using-modern-technology-choose-boys-over-girls-9523 Worldview 11.17.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-17/kyrgz1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tensions in southwestern Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and the Uzbek minority remain high following a 2010 pogrom that destroyed Uzbek homes and left hundreds dead. There’s also an unpopular U.S. airbase near Bishkek, the country's capital, which is crucial to American efforts in Afghanistan.&nbsp;We explore Kyrgyzstan with <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/#bio" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a>, who's a contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/#bio" target="_blank"><em> </em></a>and blogs about Central Asia at <a href="http://www.registan.net/" target="_blank">Registan.net</a>. Also, on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em>, we talk to Alicia Huerte Diaz, or “Mama Licha,” as she’s known in Nicaragua.&nbsp;She’s a nurse and midwife for women and children in the country's highlands. And immigrant minorities are growing in Cook County and when a group gets large enough, it can qualify for special assistance to vote in their own language. WBEZ’s Odette Yousef tells us which groups made the cut for 2012.</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111711 Liberia turns to men to fill shortages in midwives http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/liberia-turns-men-fill-shortages-midwives-93859 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/liberia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Becoming pregnant and giving birth are some of the most dangerous things a woman can do in Liberia. According to UNICEF, Liberian women have a one in 12 risk of dying from childbirth.</p><p>Most of these deaths could be prevented with access to trained midwives, but there’s a dire shortage of them in the country. Recently, a school for midwives in a remote corner of Liberia decided to break from tradition to meet the demand. The <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank"><em>World Vision Report</em></a><em>'s</em> Bonnie Allen has the story.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This story originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the <a href="http://prx.org" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/liberia-turns-men-fill-shortages-midwives-93859 Two universities combine forces to reduce maternal mortality http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-22/two-universities-combine-forces-reduce-maternal-mortality-89520 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-22/AP110324052122.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. And, though the U.S. is highly developed, it trails behind 49 other countries, including Kuwait, Bulgaria and South Korea.</p><p>Today we hear about a partnership between Dr. Oladosu Ojengbede, director of the <a href="http://www.comui.edu.ng/" target="_blank">Centre for Population and Reproductive Health</a> at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, and Dr. Melissa Gilliam, director of <a href="http://www.chicagofamilyplanning.org/" target="_blank">Family Planning</a> at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. Introduced by filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, the two doctors are forging a partnership between their universities to explore how the U.S. and Nigeria can learn from each other and improve their respective strategies on maternal healthcare.</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-22/two-universities-combine-forces-reduce-maternal-mortality-89520