Wednesday, April 27, 2011

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of the Midwife is approaching on May 5th and I encourage you to check out the free online conference offering a day-long roster of speakers and events around this year's theme, The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever!

This is so incredibly true. I listened to a birth story yesterday that really made me think about the irreplaceable value of skilled midwifery care. Truly, there is no substitute for it---while, yes, some women also need OB care, I really think all women deserve midwifery care (so, even those high-women who need to see OBs or who need to have cesareans, they still deserve a midwife too!)

On a related note, an online friend/colleague of mine, Kelli Haywood, just wrote a great article about the closing of rural maternity wards and made a clear case for why we need more midwives (now more than ever!).

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Waha international is an NGO based in Paris; our goal is to reduce maternal mortality in disadvantaged communities throughout the world, by providing qualified obstetric care and by tackling post-partum complications such as obstetric fistula.

We develop partnerships and collaborations with African midwives associations and local midwives, who are a real strength in reducing maternal mortality rates, which remain high in several countries, and in fighting against post-partum injuries. Beyond raising awareness in local communities to improve maternal health, they have a crucial role in obstetric fistula prevention and care. Unfortunately, their crucial work is not known enough outside associative and medical circles. The work of midwives is vitally important to save a mother and her child’s lives, and the world needs more of them.

To find out more about our activities, please contact us at the following address :