Category: Women’s Health

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

Working to Promote Maternal Health in Rural Kenya: An Alumna Interview with Gabriella DelHoyo (WCAS 2012)

Name: Gabriella DelHoyo (WCAS 2012) Major: Political Science Minor: Global Health Studies Gabriella DelHoyo graduated in 2012 with a Political Science major and Global Health Studies minor. For the past year and a half, Gabriella has been working with the 2020 Microclinic Initiative to improve maternal health in rural Kenya. What else were you involved