UNFPA - State of world's midwifery

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Midwives are central to the challenge of reducing maternal and newborn deaths. But the number of midwives falls far short of the need. Moreover, their services are unequally distributed - among and within countries.

Documenting the current situation is a first step toward meeting the needs of women around the world. The State of the World's Midwifery, the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues, will provide new information and data gathered from 58 countries in all regions of the world. The report will be launched on June 20th, 2011, at the 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa. Two-page profiles on each of the countries studied will be available in three languages.

The report will:

  • Assess the number and distribution of health professionals involved in obstetrical care.
  • Explore issues related to training, regulation, professional associations, policies and external aid.
  • Analyze the constraints and challenges that midwives face in their lives and work.
  • Call for investments for scaling up midwifery services, as well as 'skilling up' the providers.

The report will include statistical tables and applicable global standards, collating relevant midwifery information into one reference document.

Behind the State of the World's Midwifery stand some of the key international partners working on this issue.

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