News on Midwifery

22 May 2019
News
Farah* recently received surgical treatment for obstetric fistula. She says she can now "live a normal life." © UNFPA Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – “I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric... Read more
21 May 2019
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Keflene Yakobo is now a fistula ambassador in her community, helping other women receive treatment and reclaim their lives. © UNFPA Tanzania/Bright Warren
SIMIYU, United Republic of Tanzania – Keflene Yakobo tried to do everything right during her pregnancy. Though she was young – married at age 17 and pregnant at 19 – she was diligent about receiving regular check ups. “... Read more
17 May 2019
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Years into Syria's grinding conflict, refugees need support to rebuild their lives. © UNFPA Iraq
DOMIZ 2, Iraq – “I never thought I would have to start over,” Nermin* told UNFPA from Domiz 2 Camp in Iraq.  She was 21 when she was uprooted from her hometown in Qamishli by the horrors of the Syrian conflict. It was... Read more
3 May 2019
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Najiba works in one of the hardest-to-reach, poorest areas of Bamyan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
YAKAWLANG/SANGTAKHAT, Afghanistan – Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor. And their work can... Read more
3 May 2019
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It's not your mother's motherhood. © UNFPA/Bruno Feder
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty-five years ago, the world was transforming. South Africa held its first multiracial elections, electing Nelson Mandela as President. Sweden began to allow the registration of same-sex... Read more
30 April 2019
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PEMBA, Mozambique – Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded... Read more
29 April 2019
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Dr. Joha attends to a displaced woman at Al-Hol Camp. The needs were "overwhelmingly high," he said. © UNFPA Syria
Al-Hassakeh, Syria – Vulnerable civilians were caught in the crossfire as hostilities intensified in north-eastern Syria in recent weeks. “I took out around 160 pieces of shrapnel from the bodies of women and children... Read more
27 April 2019
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Fikre Molla was happy to receive professional care before, during and after childbirth, without having to forgo traditions. © UNFPA Ethiopia
BASOLIBEN, Ethiopia – When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility.  Yet she lived in... Read more
10 April 2019
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Marta Paula, from Guinea-Bissau, was hospitalized when she gave birth at 13. Doctors were worried she might die. Today, she calls for young people to have access to family planning. © UNFPA/I. Barbosa
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever, says UNFPA’s flagship report, State of World Population 2019, released today. Yet despite these gains, vast... Read more
29 March 2019
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Bora safely gave birth, but she faced complications after the delivery. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
KANTUOT VILLAGE, Cambodia – When Bora was pregnant with her fifth child, she prepared to “cross the river.” In the Khmer language, “crossing the river” is a way to describe childbirth, meaning a journey that should go... Read more

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