Resources on Midwifery

A detailed explanation of the data in the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 country profile and the sources and definitions used to produce it. The data and analysis are explained, and advice is provided on how to interpret and use the country profiles.

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An executive summary of the key points from the detailed analyses conducted for the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021, including an infographic which presents the headline results and conclusions.

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A 4-page summary of the key points from the detailed analyses conducted for the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021. It sets out the scale of the workforce challenges and proposes 4 areas in which bold investments in midwives and midwifery are needed.

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Technical details of the methods used to produce the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 analyses, including: definitions of key terms, data collection methods, analysis and modelling methods, assumptions made to compensate for missing data, and countries included in the main analyses.

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Two papers about groups at risk of being “left behind” in terms of access to Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (SRMNAH) workers: (i) adolescents and (ii) women, newborns and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings. The papers describe the health workforce challenges and gives examples of initiatives to improve access for these groups.

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This infographic highlights key findings from a new study led by UNFPA, WHO and the International Confederation of Midwives, published in the Lancet Global Health on 1 December 2020. The study discusses the potential impact of increasing coverage rates of midwife delivered interventions in preventing and saving millions of maternal and newborn lives, unsafe abortions and still births.

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This document calls for actions to ensure the continuation of midwife-led care, and the protection of maternal health and rights.

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Interim Guidance: Update 2: July, 2020 It is anticipated that COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus named SAR-CoV-2) will occur in most, if not all countries.  A key fact about COVID-19 is that the vast...

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

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This is the first chapter of Costing the Three Transformative Results. It focuses on the estimated cost of ending preventable maternal deaths.

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