Midwives: health heroes for women, adolescent girls and newborns

On this International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, salutes the contribution of midwives to saving the lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, in hard-to-reach communities, in humanitarian emergencies, and in fragile and conflict-torn countries. Read

Protecting the Most Vulnerable, Ensuring Reproductive Health Needs Are Not Neglected

“How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach.
Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.
“Five months,” repeats the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.
The woman nods.

Investing in Midwifery Pays

United Nations, New York -- Urgent action is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on child and maternal health before the target year of 2015, and investing in human resources for health, especially midwifery, is one the soundest investments a country can make to accelerate progress, state UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and ICM Secretary-General, Agneta S. Bridges, on the International Day of Midwife.