News on Midwifery

1 May 2015
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Midwifery student Selina Akter plays the role of a mother as students practice post-natal care at the Dinajpur Nursing Institute in northern Bangladesh. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom for UNFPA
DINAJPUR, Bangladesh – The stairwells of the Dinajpur Nursing Institute, in northern Bangladesh, are bustling with midwives-in-training. Each classroom is crowded with women in crisp white uniforms, hovering over... Read more
9 April 2015
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Edna Adan visits a maternal and child health center during a community outreach activity in Gumburaha. © Arthur Nazaryan/Delphin Films
HARGEISA – It was 9 p.m. when a little girl arrived in critical condition at the maternity teaching hospital in Hargeisa. She had been bleeding all day after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) that morning. “... Read more
26 February 2015
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A UNFPA-supported clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, provides antenatal care, safe delivery, emergency obstetric and neonatal care, and many other life-saving services for women and their newborns. © Jared Chambers
NEW YORK/PORT-AU-PRINCE – “I love everything about being a mother,” said Loilobies, a pregnant woman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Yet to become a mother, she and other women in the country assume unacceptably large risks:... Read more
16 February 2015
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Chris Kwikiriza, a midwife, checks on an expectant mother at the Biira Health Centre, in the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda. A UNFPA-supported ambulance is helping to ensure women in labour are able to deliver under the care of skilled birth attendants. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
ADJUMANI, Uganda – Laura Jurua, a 26-year-old South Sudanese refugee, went into labour in the middle of the night in her temporary shelter in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani District. As her labour... Read more
2 February 2015
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Syrian refugees rest in an emergency shelter after their tents collapsed in Zaatari, in northern Jordan, during a violent snowstorm. © UNHCR/B. Szandelszky
ZAATARI, Jordan – Syrian refugees in Jordan have endured frigid temperatures, powerful winds, and heavy snow and rainfall this winter. A dangerous mid-January snowstorm, named “Huda,” collapsed tents and unleashed... Read more
12 January 2015
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A tent serves as a maternity waiting home in a settlements for displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital. © UNFPA Somalia/Ruth Solomon
MOGADISHU, Somalia – In the Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, 29-year-old Sharifa Abdullahi held her newborn with a growing sense of awe – and triumph. She had just survived a gruelling 18-hour labour that could have taken... Read more
7 January 2015
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NEW YORK/KABUL – Boosting the ranks of midwives has helped to lower Afghanistan’s towering maternal and newborn death rates, a new report shows. Decades of grinding conflict and repressive attitudes towards women had... Read more
26 September 2014
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Munira Sha'ban, a renowned Jordanian midwife, speaks at a high-level UN event on improving the survival of women, newborns and children. Beside her are Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Chinese diplomacy leader Li Xiaolin, and Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and For Malaria Ray Chambers. Photo credit: Stuart Ramson/UN Foundation
UNITED NATIONS, New York – By improving access to essential sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning and safe delivery care – preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths could be... Read more
1 October 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Next year, Munira Sha’ban will celebrate her 50th year working as a nurse and midwife. Her career has taken her all over the world, to the halls of the United Nations, and, through a... Read more
29 August 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi. The event brought together over 200 officials to... Read more

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