Historical Perspectives on Maternal Mortality, Part III: “Dying for Life: Maternal Mortality in the Developing World” Ann Starrs, President, Family Care International Tuesday, December 02, 2008 5:30PM – 7:00PM

The New York Academy of Medicine’s Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce the next talk in its 2008-2009 series of public lectures. On Tuesday, December 2, Ann Starrs, co-founder and president of Family Care International , will present the third in a series of talks celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of NYAM’s 1933 study, “Maternal Mortality in New York City: A Study of all Puerperal Deaths 1930-1932.”

This talk will provide a global perspective on the burden of maternal death and disability in the developing world and its devastating consequences for women, their families, and their communities. Ms. Starrs will focus on the reasons for the problem’s persistence, at a time when maternal mortality has been virtually eliminated in many wealthy countries, and its links to broader development issues of poverty, discrimination, and public health. She will also discuss global, national, and local strategies for making motherhood safer, through policy commitments and the resources needed to implement them, and through provision of key maternal health services: prenatal care, skilled care during childbirth, emergency care when complications arise, and postnatal care.

Ann Starrs is the president of Family Care International (FCI). Founded in 1987, FCI was the first non-governmental organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer around the world. Currently working in 18 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, FCI’s activities range from training health care providers in village clinics and hospitals to educating young people about contraception and HIV; from helping grassroots organizations demand better maternity care to advocating globally for stronger governmental commitments, improved policies, and increased resources for maternal and reproductive health. In 2008, FCI was presented with the UN Population Award, a clear recognition by the United Nations community that the time has come, as Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently said, “to put a stop to these senseless deaths…and make the process of giving birth safe for mothers.”

* The full text of Maternal Mortality in New York City: A Study of All Puerperal Deaths 1930-1932 is available on line from the Historical Collections section of the NYAM website: http://www.nyam.org/library/pages/historical_collections_maternal_mortality_report

These events open to the public. To register, visit http://www.nyam.org/events .

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II. Changing Perspectives on Healthy Aging

Thursday, February 05, 2009 Jesse Ballenger, “To Conquer Confusion: Aging, Culture, and Concepts of Dementia.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 John W. Rowe, “Development of the Concept of Successful Aging”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Linda Fried, “Preserving and Enhancing Social Utility Among the Aging.”

Monday, April 06, 2009 Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, “The Estrogen Elixir: Women, Hormone Replacement, and the Predicament of Aging”

Thursday, May 07, 2009 Charles Rosenberg, speaking on The Historian’s Perspective on Concepts of Aging and Health

For more information about the lecture series sponsored by the Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health, please visit our website at http://www.nyam.org/histmed , write [email protected] , or call Arlene Shaner at 212-822-7313

Historical programs at NYAM are supported by the Friends of the Rare Book Room. Please join the Friends! Download a membership form at http://www.nyam.org/initiatives/docs/FRBR_Renewal.pdf .