Since 1998, the Maternal Mortality Update, a biennial publication of UNFPA, has documented strategies, partnerships and projects for reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in the developing world. This issue focuses on the key staff responsible for maternal health care: midwives and others with midwifery skills, or MOMS. It was prepared in collaboration with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
The document consists of two parts: Part One, Investing in MOMS focuses on midwives and others with midwifery skills: who they are, what they do and how to scale up professional attendance at all births. This section draws largely from the discussions and recommendations of two international meetings held in 2006, in partnership with ICM and WHO: the New York Workshop on Midwives in March and the Hammamet Forum on Midwifery in the Community in December. Part Two, Voices from the Field, is a review, and evaluations where available, of UNFPA initiatives related to midwives and midwifery in all four regions.