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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsPROF WENDY GRAHAM: Hello and welcome to our course,

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsThe Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence. My name is Wendy Graham, and I'm a lead educator on this course. I'm also the Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. And together with Professor Oona Campbell, I was the principal investigator on The Lancet Maternal Health Series. In the Series, and in this course, we maintain the right to good quality, woman-centered maternal health care is universal. We seek to be global in perspective, reporting on experiences from high-, middle-, and low-income countries, and we look at health, not just mortality. And we look at what this poses for the enormous challenge of caring for the 210 million women that become pregnant each year.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsWhat kinds of services prevail at scale? Well, for women using services, some receive excellent care, but we also show that too many women experience one of two extremes - "too little, too late", or "too much, too soon". Both extremes represent maternal health that is not grounded in evidence. And indeed, other women received no care at all. We acknowledge the diversity and divergence of maternal health and that there are shocks and opportunities which impact on women beyond the health system. And we emphasise the really crucial need for local solutions and partnerships.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsIn this course, over the next three weeks, we come together to examine evidence, research, and resources gathered from a range of maternal health experts across many disciplines, including epidemiology, health systems, economics, advocacy, programming, obstetrics, and midwifery. The course uses videos, articles, mini lectures, discussions, and simple assessments. And we seek to answer questions such as what is the state of the world's maternal health and health care? What is quality maternal health care, including "too little, too late" and "too much, too soon"? And finally, we look at what is the future of maternal health?

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsWe very much look forward to learning with you over the coming weeks and anticipate that you'll be a very diverse group of learners, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. And we encourage you to participate in course discussions, sharing your thoughts, your perceptions, and personal experiences with each other. Welcome to the course.

Welcome to the Course

Welcome to our course, The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research & Evidence. Your Lead Educators are Prof Oona Campbell and Prof Wendy Graham of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Let’s begin.

Why are we here?

The past quarter century delivered progress for some women and their newborn babies. Maternal deaths globally fell by nearly half, and the use of maternity services increased markedly. Now the picture for maternal health is more diverse. Women and babies are still left behind in too many places.

The Lancet Maternal Health Series brought together 77 authors globally, shining a light on the determinants, trends, and prospects for maternal health as we enter the Sustainable Development Goal era. In the Series and in this course, we emphasise that we leave no one behind to ensure ‘Every woman, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care.’

What will we learn?

During the next three weeks, we will explore key issues in global maternal health building on the Lancet Series to answer the following questions:

  • What is the state of the world’s maternal health and health care?
  • What is quality maternal health care, including ‘too little, too late’ and ‘too much, too soon’?
  • What is the future of maternal health?

Our approach to answering these important questions will involve reflections from experts in diverse academic fields and with a wealth of experience on global maternal health. Remember that each step features a Comments area that you can use to share your thoughts and reflections. When you feel happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please Mark as complete before using the arrow to move on. You can check your progress using the Progress tab at the top of each page.

All content in The Lancet Maternal Health Series is freely available on Thelancet.com, and in some cases you will need to register to gain access. The full Series, including papers, supplementary materials and commentaries, is available here to support your learning on the course and beyond.

We hope that you will find the course material thought provoking and engaging. We very much look forward to learning with you and hope you enjoy our course.

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