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In Lao PDR, midwives provide life-saving and culturally competent care to the country’s ethnic communities

In Lao PDR, midwives provide life-saving and culturally competent care to the country’s ethnic communities
Ms. Jepeu at her office with colleagues and patients. © UNFPA Lao PDR
  • 22 September 2022

LONG DISTRICT, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – “In the past, Akha women gave birth without assistance and did not come to health centres. Most of the pregnancies were unsafe,” says 28-year-old midwife Vida Jepeu.

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Women and girls in Pakistan need urgent health and protection services amid epic flood disaster

Women and girls in Pakistan need urgent health and protection services amid epic flood disaster
Two girls displaced by torrential monsoon rains and flash flooding in Pakistan sit by the roadside with the remains of their belongings in Khairpur Mirs, Sindh province. Among those affected by the emergency are nearly 130,000 pregnant women in need of urgent health services – more than 42,000 of whom are due to give birth in the next three months. © UNFPA Pakistan/Kashif Ahmed Memon
  • 21 September 2022

BALOCHISTAN, Pakistan – “I walked for about 35 kilometres while in labour because the floods had damaged the road between my village and the hospital,” said Bakhtnama Khairullah, 32, from Harnai in Balochistan province.

Hers was one of the first areas to be hit by unprecedented monsoon rains that have engulfed one-third of the country. The mountainous terrain Ms. Khairullah trekked over is treacherous even on dry days – for a woman in labour in floodwaters, it was life threatening. 

Midwifery Specialist, P4, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 06 Oct 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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The Midwifery Specialist will be located in the Bangladesh Country Office (CO) and reports to Chief of Health. 

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Midwives in Afghanistan defy constraints and crises to save lives of women and newborns

Midwives in Afghanistan defy constraints and crises to save lives of women and newborns
Midwife Minaz Bibi provides midwifery services for women affected by the earthquake in the Gayan district of Paktika, Afghanistan, in June 2022. © UNFPA Afghanistan
  • 17 August 2022

PAKTIKA, Afghanistan – “There was a woman who was heavily pregnant. She was injured and had lost family members in the earthquake… She was in a state of shock,” said Minaz Bibi, a newly-trained midwife in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. 

Moments later, the woman went into premature labour. This was the first delivery that Ms. Bibi had assisted alone, without the support of a mentor – and in the midst of a humanitarian emergency. 

The journey to becoming a midwife in Mexico

Published on: 07/07/2022

Erika is among the first generation of women to be trained as midwives at the Technological University of Tulancingo in Mexico.

She wants to dedicate her life to caring for women and preventing maternal deaths in her community.

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From cyclones to safe births, midwives stay and deliver in Madagascar

From cyclones to safe births, midwives stay and deliver in Madagascar
Midwife Marie Nancy Christiane holds newborn baby Noelia after helping to deliver her in a UNFPA emergency maternity tent in Mananjary, in Madagascar’s southeastern Vatovavy region. © UNFPA/Tsiry Fy-Tia Solofomihanta
  • 08 June 2022

MANANJARY, Madagascar – “I’m so proud and happy to have helped this young girl to give birth safely today,” said Marie Nancy Christiane, gazing at the new mother and daughter after supporting the delivery on 5 May – International Day of the Midwife.

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Global health systems must invest in midwives

05 May 2022

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife

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Empowering and investing in midwives could save millions of lives each year

Empowering and investing in midwives could save millions of lives each year
Midwives in Morocco, like Amina Al Ammari, played a critical role in responding to the pandemic while also tending to pregnant women, new mothers and newborns. © UNFPA Morocco
  • 04 May 2022

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “My great-grandmother was a midwife,” said Erika Martinez, 23. “She was one of my biggest inspirations.”

Ms. Martinez is a midwifery student in Tulancingo, Mexico, working in an underserved community. “There is a health care house, but there are no permanent staff,” she explained. “In my community there are many youth pregnancies, and there are no dedicated health staff who could care for women or take care of teenagers.”

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In her words: A heavy monsoon, a flooded hospital and twins on the way. A midwife’s story in Bangladesh

In her words: A heavy monsoon, a flooded hospital and twins on the way. A midwife’s story in Bangladesh
Shakila Parvin, a midwife in the refugee camps of Cox's Bazar, helped a woman pregnant with twins deliver during heavy flooding that submerged the health facility's maternity ward, knocked out power and destroyed or damaged equipment and supplies. © UNFPA Bangladesh
  • 07 April 2022

Shakila Parvin has been a UNFPA-trained midwife in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar since 2019.

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In this refugee camp, midwives have delivered over 14,000 babies with zero maternal deaths

In this refugee camp, midwives have delivered over 14,000 babies with zero maternal deaths
Ammoun Kitabi cradles a newborn in Zaatari camp. As a Jordanian midwife trained in Syria, she feels a deep connection to the Syrian refugees under her care. © UNFPA Jordan
  • 10 January 2022

ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan – "On my first day at work in the camp, I cried a lot. At that time, I had not worked with refugees before, and I had no idea about their conditions," Ammoun Kitabi, a 58-year-old midwife, told UNFPA, at the reproductive health clinic in Zaatari camp where she tends to Syrian refugees. "The reason I cried was because I knew that most of them had everything they needed in their country.”

Ms. Kitabi knows better than most.

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