News on Midwifery

9 April 2020
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After a complicated delivery, triplet boys were discharged in good health. Distance, conflict and the threat of the global pandemic kept their mother from seeking maternal health care. © BFD/UNFPA Yemen
AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Living on the mountainous front lines of Yemen’s brutal conflict, 28-year-old Aisha Hussain Sibtan was unable to access antenatal care during her second pregnancy. Reaching the city would take two... Read more
8 April 2020
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In pandemic-affected Madaripur, midwife Selina Akter delivered a baby girl. Image courtesy of Selina Akter
DHAKA/MADARIPUR, Bangladesh – Today, there are 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. As the country’s health system races to respond to the pandemic, maternal health experts are concerned about the impact the... Read more
6 April 2020
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A boy at home in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. People are urged to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and health services are being scaled down. © UNICEF/UN0243125/Morris VII Photo
KYIV, Ukraine – As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment (PPE). Bohdan Pidverbetskyi, a UNFPA... Read more
19 March 2020
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Women face increased risk of violence, loss of livelihoods and other threats under the pandemic. © Unsplash/Tam Wai
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement... Read more
22 February 2020
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A simulation of childbirth in an infection prevention and control situation taking place in an environment sensitive to the Ebola virus. © UNFPA DRC
NORTH KIVU AND ITURI PROVINCES, Democratic Republic of the Congo – The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains in the grip of the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, although the incidence of cases has... Read more
14 February 2020
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Khadija Bahzad holds a baby she delivered in Marrakech. Ms. Bahzad is a midwifery trainer, strengthening the skills of other midwives in the country. © UNFPA
RABAT, Morocco – Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours, the labour stopped... Read more
6 February 2020
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Yemen tops the list of countries with the greatest humanitarian needs. © UNFPA Yemen
UNITED NATIONS, New York/SANA’A, Yemen – When Yemen’s unrelenting conflict arrived in Taizz City late last year, Ashwaq saw her neighbourhood fall to pieces. Amid the bombardments, her house caught fire. She, her... Read more
5 February 2020
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Stigma is preventing survivors of sexual violence from seeking care and support. © UNFPA Sudan/Sufian Abdul-Mouty
KHARTOUM/EL GENEINA, Sudan – Deadly clashes in West Darfur have uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes. Reliable sources indicate that widespread gender-based violence is taking place,  including alleged... Read more
30 January 2020
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UNFPA’s former representative in Yemen, Anjali Sen, and reproductive health expert Afrah hold a newborn baby. UNFPA is the sole provider of life-saving reproductive health supplies and medicines in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – Twenty-three-year-old Amani, from Shabwa Governorate in southern Yemen, waited years to have a child. But when she finally did get pregnant, her husband lost his job. As his income disappeared, so did... Read more
17 January 2020
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KANLIKUL, Uzbekistan – Soon after Munira Kholmurodova gave birth to her third child, a son, she started bleeding profusely. “I was so scared that I would not be able to hug my child,” she said. Ms. Kholmurodova was... Read more

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