News on Midwifery

26 July 2016
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A mother and baby in Bentiu, South Sudan, in 2015. When violence erupted days before the fifth anniversary of South Sudan's independence, heroic midwives stood their ground to save lives. © UNFPA/Amadou Baraze Elh Nakaka
JUBA, South Sudan – Ferocious violence erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on 7 July, two days before the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. Hundreds of people were killed or wounded, tens of... Read more
13 July 2016
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Agnod counsels villagers on family planning. Efforts like Agnod's have helped the country lower its maternal death rate significantly. © UNFPA/Matthew Taylor
SAVANAKHET PROVINCE, Lao People's Democratic Republic – "The village was full of kids before,” said Agnod, 56, in a remote community in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Nestled in a forest near the border with Viet... Read more
12 July 2016
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Zahra Zakaria was in labour for three days in a tent in West Darfur. A Caesarean section saved her and her son. © UNFPA
WEST DARFUR, Sudan – Something was terribly wrong. Zahra Zakaria was eight months pregnant when she went into labour in a tent in Kondabi, a remote village in Sudan’s West Darfur state. It was her sixth childbirth, but... Read more
13 June 2016
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QUNEITRA, Syria – As the explosions of an aerial attack on Syria’s Quneitra governorate rained down around her, teenaged Batool struggled through her first childbirth, to twins – without access to a health care facility... Read more
10 June 2016
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Carolyn Akello became a midwife after attending the funeral of a woman who died in childbirth. Midwives like Ms. Akello are working to end preventable maternal deaths in Uganda. © UNFPA
KARAMOJA, Uganda – A funeral changed Carolyn Akello’s life forever. “A young woman had died while giving birth at home,” she explained. “’If this mother had delivered in the presence of a midwife, she wouldn’t have died... Read more
7 June 2016
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Noorjahan laughs as she recovers from fistula surgery in Malalai Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now, she says, "I can live." © Andrea Bruce/ NOOR
KABUL, Afghanistan – For 49 years, a traumatic childbirth injury left Noorjahan living in the shadows. A prolonged, obstructed labour, and lack of emergency maternal health care, left her with an obstetric fistula – a... Read more
16 May 2016
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BALAKOH, Afghanistan – It was midnight in the remote Afghan village of Balakoh, and 37-year-old Zainab was entering her tenth hour of labour in her mountainside home. With no skilled birth attendant present and her pain... Read more
5 May 2016
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LOWER SHABELLE, Somalia – Nine years ago, Maymuun Abdullahi Nur’s mother died giving birth to her eighth child, during a delivery attended only by an untrained traditional birth attendant. Just 13 at the time, Maymuun... Read more
8 April 2016
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KAMPALA, Uganda – For four months, Team GetIN worked late into the night, feverishly coding and brainstorming, dedicated to achieving two main objectives: One, develop a mobile app that could revolutionize maternal care... Read more
5 April 2016
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NORTH DARFUR, Sudan – Last year, when Zahar Ali went into labour with her first child, her family brought her to El Fasher Maternity Hospital, North Darfur’s largest health facility offering maternity services. After... Read more

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