June 26, 2014 — Our monthly snapshot of women's health graphics features a global overview of paid maternity leave, plus a chart contrasting women's and health care providers' contraceptive priorities and a look at midwifery worldwide.
The lack of a national paid leave policy for mothers of infants in the U.S. makes the nation a global outlier, as depicted in this map from the World Policy Forum. Worldwide, many nations offer at least 14 weeks of paid leave, either in the form of maternity leave, which is exclusively for mothers, or parental leave, which can be used by either parent (World Policy Forum, accessed June 2014).
Women and their health care providers often diverge in which issues they prioritize during consultations about contraceptives, according to results of a study summarized in this chart from NPR's "Shots."
The study surveyed women and providers about which information they thought was most important to include in such consultations. Overall, women thought that safety-related issues were the most important, while providers felt that talking to women about how a method is used should be the top priority (Singh, "Shots," NPR, 6/10).
This infographic encapsulates key challenges identified in the 2014 edition of the United Nations Population Fund's "State of the World's Midwifery" report. Although the report depicts progress since UNFPA's inaugural midwifery report in 2011, it shows that the 73 nations included in the report account for the vast majority of global maternal and neonatal deaths.
Additional infographics summarizing the report's findings on the impact of midwives and key actions to ensure more effective midwifery care are available online (UNFPA, June 2014).