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KUALA LUMPUR—Two thirds of maternal and newborn deaths – 3.6 million between now and 2015 – could be averted if enough skilled midwives were providing care during childbirth.
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Midwives from around the world came to Kuala Lumpur in May 2013 for the Second Global Midwifery Symposium. No one knows more about the challenge, and joys, of saving mothers’ lives than these healthcare workers on the front lines of the maternal health challenge.
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Across the remote, rural areas of the developing world, childbearing is fraught with danger. And when life-threatening complications arise, as they do — often unpredictably — women are simply too far to reach lifesaving care.

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