News on Midwifery

12 May 2017
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Fatima holds her newborn son, Jad, as she speaks to an aid worker. Displaced by the Syrian conflict, Fatima grew increasingly frail during her pregnancy. © WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
UNITED NATIONS, New York/HOMS, Syria – Motherhood should be a time of joy, but for too many women, it comes with something else: peril. "Becoming a mother and having a family was always a dream of mine. But I never... Read more
3 May 2017
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"A mother’s trust in a midwife is the first medicine for a successful delivery," says Burcard Umuhoza, a midwife in Gisenyi, Rwanda. © UNFPA Rwanda/Maureen Twahirwa
GISENYI, Rwanda – “Mothers and babies lose their lives due to complications that could have been prevented,” Burcard Umuhoza, 28, told UNFPA in a frank conversation about the trials he faces as a midwife in the Gisenyi... Read more
1 May 2017
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“There has been an exodus of qualified midwives and reproductive health professionals,” Shatha Al Mostafa told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Nadine Cornier
GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Midwife Shatha Al Mostafa started her career at the most difficult time possible – amid the escalating violence, insecurity and human rights abuses in her home country, Syria. Since graduating from... Read more
28 April 2017
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Rose Akongo, 26, was in labour by the time she arrived at the border post. © UNFPA Uganda/Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi
LAMWO, Uganda – Nine mothers stood in a single-file line, cuddling their newborn babies, in a refugee reception centre in northern Uganda. Visibly exhausted and anxious, each had a story to tell about being heavily... Read more
30 March 2017
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UNFPA-supported trainings are enabling midwives to provide emergency obstetric and newborn care. © UNFPA Cambodia
KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – In Cambodia, giving birth is often called “crossing the river.” Both can be dangerous – even deadly – if something goes wrong. This is particularly true for women living in remote areas, who may... Read more
23 March 2017
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A displaced woman from Taizz receives a dignity kit containing hygiene supplies and other basic items. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – On 26 March 2015, the conflict in Yemen dramatically escalated. Two years later, it has become one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.  An estimated 18.8 million people – two thirds of the... Read more
26 January 2017
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“The mobile clinic doctor and midwife have given me the confidence to give birth in the hospital, rather than at home," Ei Ngae told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming
WAINGMAW, Myanmar – When Dr. Kyaw Linn Htun arrived at Thar Ga Ya, a camp for displaced people, almost 20 women were already lined up to see him. The women had all been displaced from their homes when the armed conflict... Read more
12 January 2017
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After Flora and Patrick Anduga fled the bloody conflict in South Sudan, they learned about basic maternal health and reproductive health care – information they are eager to share. © ACORD
ADJUMANI DISTRICT, Uganda – Things looked bad for the family of Flora and Patrick Anduga in war-ravaged South Sudan. The couple increasingly feared for the safety and welfare of their two children – and the baby they... Read more
14 December 2016
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These 10 New Year's resolutions are inspired by real people who are making positive, lasting change. Based on photo by UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the... Read more
7 December 2016
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Gebreamlak Giday teaches women about maintaining a healthy pregnancy, using a portable, solar-charged learning device. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
AXUM, Ethiopia – Thirty pregnant women at the Almeda Textile Factory Clinic gathered around a small solar-powered projector, raptly watching an animation on pregnancy health. Gebreamlak Giday walked them through the... Read more

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