Doctor-architect collaboration explores whether hospital design impacts care during childbirth

The goal of the new study is to explore how design influences the way doctors and nurses make decisions Last year Dr. Neel Shah was visiting hospital labor floors around the country when he noticed something he hadn’t thought about before. The design and layout of each unit was different. At times, surprisingly different. In some, nurses and physicians […]

Dr. Alex Haynes discusses what C-sections can tell us about a health system

Ariadne Labs’ Associate Director of Safe Surgery, Dr. Alex Haynes, joined Harvard Chan’s This Week in Health to discuss his new research examining the relationship between C-section rates and maternal and neonatal mortality in 194 countries.  The research concludes that as the country-level C- section rate increases up to 19 percent, maternal and neonatal mortality rates […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Global Launch of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 7, 2015 CONTACT: Deborah O’Neil,, 305-215-5675 WHAT: Global Launch of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist More than 300,000 women and 2.7 million infants die in childbirth every year around the world. The new Safe Childbirth Checklist & Implementation Guide developed by the World Health Organization in partnership with Ariadne Labs […]

New Safe Childbirth Checklist targets major causes of maternal and newborn deaths

Worldwide, the majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur around the time of birth, typically within the first 24 hours after childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable. The World Health Organization’s new Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide targets the major causes of maternal and newborn complications and deaths, including post-partum haemorrhage, infection, obstructed […]

Optimal country-level C-section rate may be as high as 19 percent to save lives of mothers and infants

New study suggests World Health Organization recommendation for cesarean delivery rates should be re-examined MEDIA ADVISORY: To contact Dr. Alex Haynes or Dr. George Molina call Deborah O’Neil at 305-215-5675 or email To contact Dr. Thomas G. Weiser call Ruthann Richter at 650-725-8047 or email Boston, MA and Palo Alto, CA — The […]

BetterBirth Program Shares Findings at Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

The Ariadne Labs BetterBirth Team debuted promising early results from its safe childbirth trial in India before a global public health community at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City. The conference brought together more than 1,000 policymakers, researchers, practitioners and advocates from 75 countries. The meeting marked the first opportunity for the maternal […]

Dr. Atul Gawande moderates United Nations event launching Primary Health Care initiative with Gates Foundation, WHO and World Bank

Media Advisory Livestream Event: Saturday, 26 September 2015, 3:15 PM EDT / 7:15 PM GMT / 9:15 PM CEST “Securing a Healthy Future: Resilient Health Systems to Fight Epidemics and Ensure Healthy Lives” WHAT: On the side-lines of the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, the governments of Germany, Norway and Ghana – in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates […]