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WHO and partners call for better working conditions for midwives

WHO and partners are calling for an end to the discrimination, harassment and lack of respect that hinder midwives’ ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

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A Comparison of Midwife-Led and Medical-Led Models of Care and Their Relationship to Adverse…

by Ellie Wernham, Jason Gurney, James Stanley, Lis Ellison-Loschmann, Diana Sarfati Background Internationally, a typical model of maternity care is a medically led system with varying levels of midwifery input. New Zealand has a midwife-led model of care, and there are movements in other countries to adopt such a system. There is a paucity of systemic evaluation that formally investigates safety-related outcomes in relationship to midwife-led care within an entire maternity service. The main objective of this study was to compare major adverse perinatal outcomes between midwife-led and medical-led maternity care in New Zealand. Methods and Findings This was a population-based retrospective cohort study

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Efforts To Train Community Midwives In Afghanistan Help Lower Country’s Infant, Child…

Washington Post: Afghan babies have been dying in huge numbers for decades. Now, something is changing. “…[A] recent Afghan government survey found that between 2001 and 2015, the nationwide mortality rate for all infants had fallen from 66 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 87 to 55 deaths per 1,000 for all…More

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WHO | Training of midwives in advanced obstetrics in Liberia

Training of midwives in advanced obstetrics in Liberia Obed Dolo, Alice Clack, Hannah Gibson, Naomi Lewis & David P Southall Problem The shortage of doctors Read More

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Trained Midwives Critical To Achieving Maternal, Child Health Goals, U.N. Says On International…

U.N. News Centre: On International Day, U.N. spotlights role of midwives in achieving development targets “Every year, some 300,000 women still die during pregnancy and childbirth and almost three million babies do not survive their first four weeks of life, yet a majority of these deaths could be averted by trained midwives, the United Nations…More

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Access To Midwives Advances Global Health, Gender Equality

TIME: Midwives Are Essential to Global Health Jerker Liljestrand, senior program officer of maternal, newborn, and child health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…If … countries hope to reduce their maternal and newborn mortality rates …, they should prioritize deploying midwives and scaling up midwifery practices in their national health plans. It is…More

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Do the pre-service education programmes for midwives in India prepare confident ‘registered…

Objective: The graduates of the diploma and degree programmes of nursing and midwifery in India are considered skilled birth attendants (SBAs).

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Supporting Senegalese Midwives and Birth Attendants – a lesson from the African Midwives…

Julia Nakad, Hesperian blog coordinator, for the African Birth Collective, describes how the African Birth Collective collaborates with communities to support healthy mothers and newborns in Senegal. “Midwives provide amazing services to our communities. Aside from assisting with births, they’re a great resource for reproductive health, family planning, and STD information. They are well connected […]

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Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says UN

Midwife training in northern Nigeria. Some 73 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are responsible for 96% of global maternal deaths and more than 90% of newborn deaths. Yet, these same countries are home to only 42% of the world’s health workforce. Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of … Continue reading →

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Improving Midwife Training Programs: Indigenous Lay Midwives’ Recommendations from Guatemala

Reducing maternal mortality rates worldwide has been a major global health priority since the World Health Organization’s Safe Motherhood Initiative in 1987.  In many low- Read More

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Birthrights launches Dignity in Birth campaign on Global Dignity Day

Wednesday, October 16, marked the sixth annual Global Dignity Day to promote respectful care during childbirth around the world. To mark the day, Birthrights, a UK-based organization devoted to advancing respectful, evidence-based care in childbirth in the UK launched its Dignity in Birth Campaign with the Dignity in Childbirth Forum, in collaboration with the White Ribbon Alliance. The day included the launch of the results of the Birthrights Dignity Survey, which reports on the experiences of women, as well as views of midwives on the barriers to securing respectful care during birth in the UK. The survey, which included the perspectives of more than 1000 women and hosted by the website Mumsnet, was the first ever to include large-scale data collection specifically focused on issues of dignified care during childbirth in the UK.

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This Week in PLOS Medicine: Estimating Lives Saved, Non-Midwives Oxytocin Injection, Pregnancy…

This week PLOS Medicine publishes the following new articles: Image credit: Wagner T. Cassimiro, Flickr The Global Fund estimates that 8.7 million lives were saved between 2002 and 2012 due to the provision of treatment for HIV (ART), directly-observed tuberculosis treatment (DOTS), and the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) for malaria prevention. David McCoy and colleagues examine a number of sources of uncertainty and potential bias in The Global Fund’s methods used to calculate this estimate, and highlight that the degree of uncertainty over the figures is not reported. The authors discusses how the attribution of lives saved to specific programs or actors might negatively affect the overall governance and management of health systems, and how a narrow focus on just ART, DOTS, and ITNs could unintentionally lead to the neglect of other services and interventions.  In an accompanying Perspective, Daniel Low-Beer and colleagues from The Global Fund argue that “lives saved” is an important measure for health programs and that The Global Fund’s estimate are based on real, verified data on a limited set of services, which have clear, documented mortality outcomes.

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On World Humanitarian Day, a focus on reproductive and maternal health providers in…

Yesterday, on World Humanitarian Day, K4Health launched a new Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings toolkit, a set of resources that offer guidance for health care providers, emergency workers, communications professionals and others. It covers a range of health issues, including a module on maternal and child health, and brings together a range of resources that K4Health  began compiling following crises in Haiti and Pakistan, which inspired the creation of a general toolkit for use in a range of humanitarian settings. In addition, UNFPA marked World Humanitarian Day with a profile of Muneera Sha’aban, one of Jordan’s first midwives, who is now working in a UNFPA-supported clinic to ensure that Syrian women who have fled conflict in their home country to Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp deliver safely. From the article: The 69-year-old midwife says she enjoys doing her job regardless of all the difficulties she encounters serving in one of the UNFPA-supported clinics in Za’atari Camp for Syrian Refugees in Jordan. Muneera’s days start very early, as she makes her way from Amman to the camp, some 80 kilometres away.

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This Week in PLoS Medicine: BMI & ischemic heart disease; Nigerian…

Image Credit: Melvin “Buddy” Baker Two new articles published this week in PLoS Medicine: A Mendelian randomization analysis conducted by Børge G. Nordestgaard and colleagues using data from observational studies supports a causal relationship between body mass index and risk for ischemic heart disease. Seye Abimbola and colleagues describe and evaluate their program in Nigeria of recruiting midwives to rural areas to provide skilled attendance at birth, which is much poorer than in urban areas. Remember you can comment on, annotate and rate any PLoS Medicine article and see the views, citations and other indications of impact of an article on that articles metrics tab.

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