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Below you can find all the podcast episodes of The Mom Pod – a podcast series produced by Girls’ Globe, about motherhood, babies, global maternal health issues, and more!

#12 – Maternal Health Now: New Research from The Lancet

In this episode Julia Wiklander, Felogene Anumo and Zanele Mabaso introduce you to new research that was published just a few weeks ago in The Lancet’s Maternal Health Series. Girls’ Globe was in New York City at the launch of the series and Girls’ Globe blogger Zanele Mabaso from South Africa spoke with one of the authors, Dr. Oona Campbell, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The Maternal Health Series by the Lancet shines a light on the causes, trends, and prospects for maternal health in the current era of rapid demographic, epidemiological, and socioeconomic transition. It includes analysis of experiences from the past 25 years and shows us the growing threat to progress caused by poor quality care and inequity of access. The Lancet Maternal Health Series reveals great disparities in quality of care for women during pregnancy and childbirth. In the past 16 years we have seen amazing progress – where maternal deaths have fallen by nearly half (44%) since 1990, yet some countries and some groups of women saw …

#11 – Maternal Health in Tanzania: Inside Maternity Africa

Welcome back to The Mom Pod! After a brief summer break, we are excited to continue with our podcast series and continue to bring you interesting, sincere and thought provoking podcasts on all things related to pregnancy, motherhood, parenthood and babies around the world! Starting from today, our new episodes will now air every other week on Mondays – to mark the important #MaternalMonday advocacy campaign by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. The #MaternalMonday social media campaign brings awareness to the importance of ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery for mothers and babies everywhere in the world. To participate, head over to Twitter, follow @Maternal_Monday and join the conversation with the hashtag #MaternalMonday, or visit their website to learn more. In this episode of The Mom Pod, we take a closer look at the state of maternal health and midwifery in one particular African country: Tanzania. I had the pleasure to visit a great organization, Maternity Africa, based in the Selian hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, where I interviewed a few of their midwives and nurses about …

#10 – Saving the Lives of Mothers & Babies: Conversations from Women Deliver 2016

In this episode, Julia speaks with leaders that are working to save the lives of mothers and babies at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen. Women Deliver 2016 was the largest gathering of the decade focusing on women’s rights, health and well-being. Julia has an intimate conversation with Denise Dunning, Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up. Denise shares the story of the birth of her third child – an experience that didn’t go as planned – and the experiences of women she knows around the world, who haven’t been as lucky as her. Denise talks about the importance of raising the voices of women and girls, and what Rise Up does to strengthen the rights and health of women and girls worldwide. “I think that sharing stories and sharing my own story can be a source of power. I’ve seen that in the girls and women that we work with. Enabling them to amplify their voices and to share their stories helps people to understand that despite the incredible challenges and obstacles they face, they are not …

#9 – Maternal Health, Breastfeeding and Women’s Rights

In this episode of The Mom Pod, Julia has conversations about innovations and interventions that make a real difference for maternal and newborn health and the linkage to women’s rights with Jerker Liljestrand, Senior Program Officer for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Roger Mathisen, Program Director for Alive & Thrive in Southeast Asia. At the Women Deliver 2016 conference there was a lot of talk about new innovations that lead development forward to improve maternal, newborn and child health. When asked about what innovations can make a major difference and be brought to scale, Jerker Liljestrand spoke about women’s rights – their freedom, mobility, and having access to information and opportunities for dialogue. Further, Jerker spoke about the work that the Gates Foundation does to improve maternal, newborn and child health around the world, and what impact they have achieved. As an obstetrician and gynecologist with experience from many different parts of the world, he also provided some tips to mothers about how they can demand quality care. “It’s …

A Conversation About Mom’s Superpowers with Mariam Claeson, Gates Foundation

In this Mother’s Day Special, The Mom Pod co-host Julia Wiklander asks some very important questions to an expert in the field of maternal, newborn and child health, Mariam Claeson, Director, Maternal Newborn and Child Health at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The focus of this conversation is all mother’s superpowers and the simple, cost effective interventions that save lives and ensure that mothers and babies survive and thrive. “The interesting thing about maternal and newborn survival is that we actually have high impact interventions that are relatively low cost and could easily be made available for all mothers and newborns.” Mariam Claeson Mariam speaks about the evidence that scientists and clinicians have known for a long time and the need for that evidence to be communicated and disseminated to health professionals, mothers, families and communities around the world. She talks about these simple solutions that all mothers can do and the role that we all have to play to create an enabling environment where mothers can thrive and ensure that their superpowers come to life. Our hope is …

#7: Midwives in America: Interview with Barbara Sellars and Nicole Marshall

Yesterday, 5th of May, was International Day of the Midwife, and in this episode of The Mom Pod, Emma Saloranta dives into the history and role of midwives and midwifery in the United States through an interview with two Certified Nurse Midwives from a New York-based midwifery practice, CBS Midwifery. Barbara Sellars and Nicole Marshall run CBS Midwifery in New York, and together have delivered literally thousands of babies. When I got pregnant myself in early 2014 and began to research my options regarding pregnancy and birth, I came across an article in New York Times about midwives in New York, which featured an interview with Barbara. It was only at that point when I became to realize that unlike in my native country Finland, and most of Europe, in the U.S. a midwife-attended birth is still a rare thing, and the norm is to have an obstetrician handle the prenatal care and birth – in 2014, only 8.3% of births in the U.S. were attended to by midwives. Unlike in many other countries, midwives in …

Crowdfund The Mom Pod with Us!

Today, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $35,000 in six weeks! Launched in January 2016, The Mom Pod is a bi-weekly podcast series related to motherhood around the world, produced and hosted by Girls’ Globe bloggers and new mothers Julia Wiklander and Emma Saloranta. We have already produced 6 episodes, reaching individuals in over 50 countries and listened to over 1000 times! E pisodes cover a range of issues important to mothers and incorporate interviews, surveys and more to inform and raise awareness about issues relevant to parents and other caregivers. The Mom Pod episodes bring together research, data, hot topics in the media and personal stories and experiences from mothers around the world. The Objectives of The Mom Pod are: to promote understanding and tolerance to share experiences, information and practice across cultures to disseminate interesting and important information to parents and people working with maternal and child health on relevant and timely topics to create a judgement-free space to share personal, sensitive and uplifting stories of motherhood Emma and Julia decided …

#6 – Breastfeeding Mothers Share Experiences

In this episode of The Mom Pod, we meet mothers Kristina and Maria from Sweden, Felogene from Kenya and Julie from the United States. All four of these mothers have chosen to breastfeed, and in different phases of their breastfeeding journey they share their experiences, and talk about the challenges they have faced and the support they have received. Although these mothers are from different corners of the world, there are several common denominators in the equation of making breastfeeding work for them and their babies. Support from family and health care professionals is essential to make breastfeeding work from the start and to make it possible for mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals. “At the end of the day, breastfeeding will take a lot of sacrifice and a lot of love. It is really worth it, but you have to be part of the process,” says Felogene. Maria shares her experience with 6-week old Ella who has colic – and although breastfeeding works well at this point, it is a constant struggle to find a …

#5 – Promoting, Protecting & Supporting Breastfeeding in the UK and Globally

Breastfeeding is a complex issue. It is something that women are expected to do, yet at the same time, women often lack support and information, and may also face harassment for breastfeeding in public. In this episode of The Mom Pod, we start digging into the subject of breastfeeding, investigating the latest global trends and the state of breastfeeding in the UK. In January this year, The Lancet published a series about breastfeeding – an overarching global study of the benefits, barriers, and global trends of breastfeeding. Evidence shows that if breastfeeding was the “norm” 823,000 deaths of children under five and 22,000 deaths from breast cancer could be prevented every year! Breastmilk is a personalized medicine with benefits for both mother and child regardless of economic status. There is growing evidence that breastfeeding decreases the prevalence of obesity and diabetes later in life. It also benefits mothers’ health, decreasing the risk of breast cancer by 6% for each year of breastfeeding and also reducing the risk of ovarian cancer. These health improvements given by universal …