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Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health

Author(s): Ruth C. White, PhD, MSW, MPH, Associate Professor, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
  • ISBN-13: 9780763781538
  • Paperback    342 pages      © 2014
Price: $117.95 US List
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Maternal and Child Health continues to be one of the most important fields of study for improving the health of populations across the globe. Two the 10 Millennium Development Goals strive specifically to improve maternal and child health, and several others, such as gender equality and HIV/AIDS, are critical aspects of Maternal and Child Health.

Written for students in public health, medical, and allied health professions, Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health brings to life theoretical and conceptual ideas discussed in primary texts, through the analysis of lived stories of maternal and child health programs around the world.

Using structured case studies of community-based programs in maternal and child health from around the world, students will be presented with real-life ethical, practical and theoretical challenges that will develop critical and analytical thinking skills and also provide them with practice models that they can use in their future or present work.

About the Contributors  
    Chapter  1  The local, the global, the NGO-ization of birth in Southern Belize
    Chapter  2  Weaving traditional and professional midwifery: Empowering midwives in Guatemala
    Chapter  3  Sing Safe Motherhood: A story of the women of Chiwamba, Malawi
    Chapter  4  Maama Omwaana: Community building for safe motherhood in Njeru, Uganda
    Chapter  5  Behavior change initiative in an Integrated Community Health Project
    Chapter  6  Integrating child spacing with maternal care in post-conflict East Timor
    Chapter  7  Lifeline Community Healthcare Program: Reducing maternal and infant mortality in Liberia
    Chapter  8  Rape as a weapon of war: Stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Chapter  9  Enhancing Outcomes for At Risk Moms: Evaluation of the Moms Mentoring Moms Program
    Chapter  10  Maison de Naissance: A community birthing home in Haiti
    Chapter  11  Providing a Safe Space for Birth in Warkworth, New Zealand
    Chapter  12  Maternal-Infant Care in the Brazilian Amazon
    Chapter  13  Mbya grandmothers, mothers and granddaughters: motherhood and upbringing throughout generations
    Chapter  14  Introducing Nursing Students to Childbearing Practices in Rural Guatemala
    Chapter  15  Saving Newborns at the Community Level
    Chapter  16  The Nonpneumatic Anti-Shock Garment in Nigeria: The Tension Between Research and Implementation

Ruth C. White, PhD, MSW, MPH-Associate Professor, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Ruth C. White is Associate Professor of Social Work at Seattle University in Seattle, WA, USA. She received her PhD in Social Welfare and MPH with double specialities in Maternal and Child Health and International Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MSW from McGill University in Montreal. She has worked with pregnant and parenting teenage mothers and perinatal women with substance abuse problems. Along with partners in Uganda she developed and co-managed a very successful community-based safe motherhood program - Maama Omwaana - which she later transferred to the Ugandan Ministry of Health. A World Affairs Council Fellow, she is also a member of the board of Health Alliance International - a global health NGO. Her new area of expertise is economics and she is interested in the impact of maternity leave policies on women's work force participation and the impact of microfinance programs on women and children. She also writes in the area of mental health. She teaches global development, macro social work practice and data analysis to undergraduate social work students at Seattle University in Seattle, WA, USA. Her policy blog takes on challenging issues and can be found at: For more information on Dr. White:

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ISBN-13: 9780763781538

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