News on Midwifery

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
23 October 2015
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Over the last 70 years, there has been remarkable progress in sexual and reproductive health. Women learn about family planning at a clinic in Tunisia in 1987. © UN Photo/John Isaac
NATIONS UNIES, New York – Les Nations Unies ont vu le jour il y a 70 ans. Depuis, nous avons assisté à d’immenses progrès en matière de santé sexuelle et reproductive. Les soins médicaux et les programmes de... Read more
23 November 2015
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Nargis, a midwife, provides family planning counselling in Herat, Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan/Ahmadullah Amarkhil
HERAT, Afghanistan – "It is better to have one child rather than many, so you can give your child the support he needs and the best education you can offer," said Farzana, 37, at the family planning centre in Herat city... Read more
13 November 2015
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Rose Yangu, a refugee from South Sudan, after safely giving birth in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda. UNFPA supports safe deliveries in emergency situations. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Updated figures released by the United Nations yesterday revealed that the global maternal death ratio has dropped 44 per cent since 1990. Yet too many women continue to die needlessly, and a... Read more
27 October 2015
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Preventable maternal and newborn deaths continue to plague much of the world. Women and their newborns wait for care at a UNFPA-supported health centre in Haiti. © Jared Chambers
NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY/PORT-AU-PRINCE – Despite global commitments, unacceptably large numbers of mothers and newborns continue to die during pregnancy and in the days following childbirth. Yet the actions needed to save... Read more
20 October 2015
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Asta Banu and her sister-in-law, Mos Dilifa Begum, work with Gulam Mostafa on a verbal autopsy. Learning the cause of Ms. Banu's son's death could help spare others the same fate. © Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA
MOHESHALI, Bangladesh – Something went terribly wrong when Asta Banu gave birth. Her labour was difficult and seemed to take forever. When the baby – a boy – was finally born, he was unresponsive. Although Ms. Banu’s... Read more
16 October 2015
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In Kelo, Chad, Dr. Youssifou Savadogo shows a class of nurses and midwives how to identify and address labour complications. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
/unfpa-suppliesKELO, Chad – Fifteen nurses and midwives sit in a spacious classroom in Kelo, in southern Chad. In the corner is a makeshift delivery room, where pregnant mannequins wait in various stages of labour.... Read more

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