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Midwives

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 05.08.2015 | 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.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

Maternal Health: More Than Just Survival!

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

For me, that morning when I saw a positive sign on the pregnancy test, I was filled with excitement, expectations and a sense of craziness. The thought of survival never crossed my mind. I didn't have to worry about affording care or being able to access a midwife, and I knew that this privilege was due to where I lived.

Why the Health of Mothers and Newborns Is Inseparable

Esther Sharma | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Esther Sharma

I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.

Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

Dr. Susan Stone | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Susan Stone

We have a tendency to rely on life-saving, last-minute efforts to turn around a person's health. These strategies are often unsuccessful and always extremely costly. They usually do not result in a lifetime improvement in health.

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.

Mothers Are Not Alone: The Vital Role Of Midwives In Healthy, Normal Birth

Mary Higgins | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Mary Higgins

We must not ignore the crucial responsibility we each have as individual midwives in keeping childbirth normal, thereby doing our best to prevent those complications that contribute to mortality and morbidity even occurring.

Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries

Ward Cates | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Ward Cates

he State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report will offer a blueprint for maximizing the contributions that midwives can make to health systems worldwide. We have seen the life-saving effect that midwives can have. It is time to put these competent health care professionals within everyone's reach.

How My Great Grandmother Influenced Thousands Of Lives

Sharon D'Agostino | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Sharon D'Agostino

When my dad was a kid, he would have the same conversation over and over again. He would patiently listen as people shared the stories about the events surrounding their birth and the role his grandmother, a midwife, had played. It surprised my dad that she had delivered so many babies, and that so many years later, they wanted to express deep gratitude.

Wisdom From My Mother

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Jennifer Kamara

In the spirit of honoring mothers every day, not just on mother's day, I asked individuals from around the world to share with me, wisdoms from their mothers. Not surprisingly, they confirm how unrelenting and influential our mothers are globally.

WATCH: The 3 Essential Things Every Mother-To-Be Needs

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

Ensconced in the safety of the developed world, it's easy to forget just how fraught childbirth can be in other parts of the globe. Meg Wirth is th...