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Midwives

Are Women's Birth Sounds Silenced in the Hospital?

Camille Williams | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Camille Williams

A culture that holds laboring women more or less to the usual social norms and stifles their full expression during birth is one that limits women's coping mechanisms.

Breast Is Best....But At What Cost?

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.06.2016 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

One thing that many women picked up on in my blog post was my mention of my experience with my community Midwife a few days after my son was born. Here, I'd talked about how after trying to persevere with breastfeeding, I'd decided to abandon my endeavours and turn to formula on Day 6.

Maternal Monday - Translating Social Action into Maternal Education

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.22.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Social Media Week in Nigeria this #MaternalMonday is especially inspiring as it allows us to mark the coming together of maternal advocacy and social media. To celebrate, we are highlighting what we have achieved through our social media advocacy and health educational antenatal classes

How to Protect 200 Million Girls From FGM

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On Saturday 6th February, the world will mark the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Maternal Monday II -- What Is Your Moment of Obligation?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Through our #MaternalMonday online advocacy, we seek to create a tool and platform for health education for every woman and every child.

The Majority of Stillbirths Occur in Africa But How Does A Mother Deal With The Loss?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.23.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Nigeria suffers a rate of almost 43 stillbirths per 1000 births, whereas Iceland has a rate of only 1.3 per 1000 births. How can Nigeria simultaneously reduce its stillbirth rate and ensure that the 43 mothers per 1000 births are supported?

Maternal Monday -- What Was Your Moment of Obligation?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we embark on 2016 and the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals, I would like to express my gratitude to all our partners and participants since we started in 2004 as a small NGO with the aim of ending deaths in childbirth in Nigeria.

How Midwives Can Help the U.S. Attain the SDGs

Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE

Our nation's more than 11,000 certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are key players in achieving 2 SDGs in particular: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) and Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG 5).

Together We Can Break Down the Usual Barriers that Prevent Change

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

When I teamed up with community members, health workers and District leaders to conduct an assessment of the nine health centers in Lira, Uganda we found out that none of them had running water.

Leading Midwife's Deleted Comment Displays Trans Hatred

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

I can say from personal experience that being a guy with a beard, a low voice and a pregnant belly does not constitute conforming to sex-role stereotypes in our society.

Transphobia in the Midwifery Community

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

Trans, genderqueer and intersex people have been giving birth for as long as women-identified people have and we have also encountered oppression.

A Year in Service of Midwives -- A Lifetime Honour

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.29.2015 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The profession faces a number of issues including a severe shortage of staff, poor working conditions, poor remuneration, limited support and supervision. However, I know that we can overcome them, together, in the years to come.

A Mother's Day Message to Our Daughters

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Healthy Birth Day

When we lost you more than a decade ago, we mourned the fact that we would never get to know you. But these past few weeks have given us a glimpse of your personalities. You're endlessly generous. You're smart, fierce and strong.

The Nurses and Midwives You Should Meet

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jhpiego is proud to highlight incredible nurses and midwives who are making a difference in the lives of women in their communities. Their stories of leadership, compassion and service speak for themselves.

Celebrating Midwives, Givers of Life

Isabella Lövin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Isabella Lövin

Although maternal and infant mortality rates have dropped by half since 1990, about 800 women still die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Of these, 99 percent are women and girls in developing countries.

39 Candid Photos That Capture The Beauty Of Midwifery

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents

Cinco de Mayo is not the only celebration that takes place on May 5. Today is also the International Day of the Midwife, an occasion to recognize and ...

Midwives For a Better Tomorrow, For Every Woman and Every Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Celebrated on May 5th each year, the International Day of the Midwife recognises the invaluable role of midwives in health. As the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), I would like to personally thank midwives for their inspiring work in delivering quality care to women and newborns.

Midwives4All: Professionals Who Put Women First Have The Power To Change The Future

Margot Wallström | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Margot Wallström

Today, on International Women's Day, Sweden is speaking out in support of every woman's right to a midwife. The midwifery profession and workforce have the power to save thousands of lives each year.

5 Qualities Of An Inspiring Woman, In Honor Of International Women's Day

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

Each International Women's Day, the global community pauses to reflect on women who inspire. Sometimes these women are famous, sometimes they are historical -- but just as often they are seemingly regular women you've never read about in a newspaper or text book.

Expecting? The Process Of Creating A Physiological Birth

Debra K. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra K.

As I have reflected back on my own childbirth experiences, I remember the push to have an epidural, which I refused both times; instead, choosing on my own, less medicine to help me with the process. I also remember at the exact moment when I was pushing my daughter into the world glancing down and seeing my OB/GYN's hands up like he was going to catch a football and his head averted so he wouldn't miss a second of the University of Kentucky football game... another stellar moment.

The Story Of My Daughter's Birth

Julia Wiklander | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Julia Wiklander

It felt like I was in a movie -- one of those scenes where the woman in labor screams in pain and squirms as each contraction kicks in. Never had I imagined that giving birth would feel like a thin line between life and death -- both for me and my baby.

From A First To The Future: Investing In Pediatric Nursing Through Collaborative Training In Ghana

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

The nurse to population ratio in Ghana is approximately 1:1000. In 2011, there were less than five nurses trained in pediatrics working in Ghana.

Singing Birth in My Motherland... The Philippines

Robin Lim, CPM | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Robin Lim, CPM

Today in the Philippines, women and open-hearted men are at the forefront of a peaceful battle, the battle for Human Rights in Childbirth. In October of 2014, we had a gentle triumph: Dr. Teodoro Herbosa the Undersecretary of the Department of Health for the Philippines, came out publicly in favor of Gentle Childbirth.

Midwives are Priceless. Here's Why.

Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE

In order for US women to have access to midwives who are educated and able to provide high-quality, high-value care, a workforce transformation must take place. We need a government willing to invest in women.

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.