Category: Women’s Health

Northwestern expands faculty collaborations in health-related fields

In a step towards continued cross-cultural collaborations, eight Northwestern faculty members and administrators traveled to Havana, Cuba, this past June to explore possible joint research opportunities with Cuban peers. Four days of back-to-back meetings with University of Medical Sciences of Havana faculty and visits to family doctor offices, hospitals and specialty clinics highlighted Cuba’s public

Northwestern takes a field trip to a Baby-Friendly hospital

Early in March, a group of Northwestern students in Professor Young’s “Ecology of infant feeding” class had the chance to visit Advocate Trinity Hospital on the southeast side of Chicago. From the outside, it looks like a regular clinic, but the hospital is really quite special–it’s Baby-Friendly. Shouldn’t all hospitals where mothers deliver be “baby

From Policy to Practice: Body Autonomy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace

How do policies surrounding breastfeeding affect women in the workforce? It is not hard to imagine the difficulties – or rather, impossibility – of breastfeeding without the proper facilities, privacy, or policies in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79% of women breastfeed after giving birth, however only 49%

Can human milk deactivate Zika virus?

On February 1, 2016 the WHO officially declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after microcephaly and other neurological disorders became associated with the latest outbreak of the virus. Fifty-three countries have reported an outbreak since 2015, and the CDC reports that there have been 4973 total cases in the United