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Midwifery Report Provides Outline To Broaden Maternal, Child Health Care In LMICs

The following opinion pieces address the availability of midwifery care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014” report.

Huffington Post: Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries
Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Patsy Bailey, senior scientist with FHI 360

“…As the 30th Triennial International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Congress begins in Prague, we must recognize that midwives provide a critical entry point for pregnant women and their newborns to receive life-saving health care services that are respectful and women-centered. … The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report will offer a blueprint for maximizing the contributions that midwives can make to health systems worldwide…” (6/3).

Huffington Post: How My Great Grandmother Influenced Thousands Of Lives
Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson

“…The world has changed dramatically since my great-grandmother’s day [as a midwife], but in communities around the world midwives still face the same challenges she faced at the turn of the twentieth century. … The State of the World’s Midwifery report provides an excellent springboard for advocacy at national and local levels in countries where midwives’ skills are desperately needed…” (6/3).