CMNH contributes to new textbook on Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents

News article 14 Feb 2019

Experts from the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) have contributed to a new textbook: The Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents. It is the first comprehensive book on this topic, and is written by many leading experts, with editors from University College London and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. CMNH’s Professor Nynke van den Broek and Dr Mary McCauley contributed to a chapter about maternal morbidity.

This chapter outlines that annually up to 20 million women worldwide experience ill health associated with pregnancy, ranging from anaemia, to hypertension, to life-threatening conditions, such as obstructed labour. It explains that although some “criteria are in place to identify women who have severe acute maternal morbidity and conditions that are life threatening, other components of maternal morbidity are still largely unknown. There is a global need to further define, understand and measure non-life threatening maternal morbidity using a comprehensive, holistic approach in order inform screening and targeted, effective care packages.”

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health has conducted a number of studies relating to maternal morbidity, including the first study to uncover significant burden of ill-health for women during and after pregnancy in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Malawi. The study, which was published in BMJ Global Health, highlights for the first time, a significant burden of ill-health during and after pregnancy that has largely been ‘hidden’ and/or underestimated.

Dr Mary McCauley, Academic Clinical Lecturer at CMNH:
“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to contribute to this exciting new textbook that addresses topical issues regarding global health. I co-authored the chapter regarding how to improve the health of women during and after pregnancy in low resource settings. I believe that all women have the right to the highest attainable standard of health and well-being and that current antenatal and postnatal care packages require adaptation if they are to meet all the identified health needs of women in low resource settings.”


The book was launched at an event on 13th February 2019. Read more here: