Midwives are vital to ensuring women and their babies not only survive pregnancy and childbirth, but live healthy lives.
We know from the Lancet Midwifery series that:
- Educated, licensed and supported midwives can greatly contribute to the continuum of maternal and newborn care
- Scaling up midwifery interventions that provide care for mothers and babies including family planning, would avert 80% of all maternal and newborn deaths, and stillbirths
- There is a need for improvements in education and regulation to scale up midwifery care, as well as a need for stronger partnerships between healthcare workers and communities
What do we know about the role of midwives in maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) systems? Continue reading