Investing in Midwives and Others with Midwifery Skills

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns and Improving their Health

No. of pages: 31

Publication date: 2008

Author: UNFPA

This guidance note is designed for countries seeking to scale up midwifery services, especially at the community level. It is part of a UNFPA-ICM (International Confederation of Midwives) Joint Initiative to support the call for a Decade of Action for Human Resources for Health made at World Health Assembly in 2006.

This note outlines in detail the action required by policy-makers and programme managers to effect change at country level and scale up midwifery capacity, specifically in poor and hard-to-reach areas.