Melbourne Children’s Global Health Forum May

Improving outcomes during pregnancy and childbirth for adolescents and young women living in LMICs
12:30-1:30pm AEST Thursday 5 May Online

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Mistreatment during childbirth: experiences of adolescents and young women
Associate Professor Meghan Bohren

High rates of avoidable maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in low-income and middle-income countries could be mitigated by improving the quality of maternity care, including women’s experiences of care. However, women’s experiences of care are not consistently measured nor addressed, despite increasing evidence of the magnitude of mistreatment of women during childbirth. I will present the latest evidence on the magnitude and drivers of mistreatment during childbirth, with a focus on experiences of adolescents and young women.

Achieving the best outcomes in adolescent pregnancy in LMIC
Dr Farnaz Sabet

Over 13.5 million girls fall pregnant annually in LMIC. Most come from marginalised communities and experience compound discrimination related to gender, race and age. They have unique developmental and physiological needs, and their newborns are at risk of multiple adverse birth outcomes. I will present the current state of evidence with regards to interventions for pregnant adolescents in LMIC and discuss some possible contributing factors to their global programming neglect.


Associate Professor Meghan Bohren is a social scientist with extensive experience in global maternal health and sexual and reproductive health. She has previously worked at the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University, and PSI before joining University of Melbourne in 2018. Meghan currently teaches into the Master of Public Health (Gender and Health), and leads projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia related particularly to ensure that lived experiences and equity are integrated into research interventions and public health guidelines.

Dr Farnaz Sabet is a General Practitioner, with extensive experience in global public health and indigenous medicine – having worked in government, NGO, tertiary education and UN agencies globally. She is currently doing her PhD on evaluating outcomes of participatory women’s groups for pregnant adolescents in rural India.

Chair: Dr Karly Cini, Melbourne Chidlren’s Global Health

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