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Director, New Business Development and Project Support, Global Health and Supply Chain Office Emma Clark

Emma Clark is Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Technical Director at Chemonics. She also teaches in the nurse-midwifery program at Georgetown University and practices on a per diem basis at a federally funded clinic in Washington D.C. Ms. Clark holds a master’s degree in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and a master’s in nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. Earlier in her career, she worked in humanitarian response, developing and managing health and nutrition programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, Jordan, Kenya, and South Sudan. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Botswana in 2006-07, following her graduation from Smith College, and a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellow in 2016-2017. She is currently the chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, the chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Global Engagement Networking Committee, and on the board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.

by Emma Clark


Tragic but Not Unique: Maternal Death in a Rural Clinic

This series of maternal health blogs calls for a paradigm shift in how maternity care is delivered to address persistent concerns about the poor quality of care women around the world experience during labor and delivery. At 1 a.m., Winnie, the midwife at a small health clinic in a rural town in Uganda, was startled…

A Voice for Midwives is a Voice for Progress

Several years ago, a colleague was telling me about his efforts to introduce a new family planning method in one of the countries he worked in. “The women just weren’t interested in this method,” he said, frustrated. Initially, he and his team of experts couldn’t figure out why. They’d done a lot of legwork to…

Maternal Mortality Review Committees Ask “Why” to Prevent Maternal Deaths

Late one night about a year ago, I got the call no health care worker ever wants to receive. The man left a heart-stopping message with my midwifery practice’s answering service saying that our patient — his previously healthy wife — and their unborn child had just abruptly passed away at another Washington, D.C.-area hospital.…

Innovations for Maternal and Newborn Health: Getting from “Great Ideas” to “Global Lifesavers”

Think we’ve made progress in maternal and newborn health (MNH) in the past 30 years? You’re right: Maternal mortality has dropped from 550,000 deaths due to pregnancy-related causes a year to 303,000, and newborn mortality from 4.4 million to 2.7 million newborns each year. But if you think that still sounds like a lot of…

What World Breastfeeding Week Means for These Women

It’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), so I should probably start by saying: I’m a huge advocate of breastfeeding. It can be a lovely way for a mother and baby to bond, and it offers a wonderful source of nutrition to a growing infant. It appears to have many benefits to mothers and babies and a positive impact on…

My Mundane Professional Association Meeting is a Luxury Most Midwives Can Only Imagine

After work, once every couple of months, I have the luxury of making my way across town to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Washington, D.C. Affiliate meeting to spend a couple of hours eating lukewarm Peruvian chicken and discussing issues affecting midwives at the local and national level. It’s not the meetings themselves that…