The International Day of the Midwife, 5 May, is a day to celebrate the life-saving work of the world’s midwives. Midwives are the primary care givers for millions of women and newborns before, during and after childbirth, and also offer women and girls essential counselling and education on family planning and reproductive health.
Trained midwives save lives, and, if deployed in larger numbers, could avert approximately two-thirds of the nearly 300,000 maternal deaths and 3 million newborn deaths that occur each year. However, the 73 countries that claim 96 per cent of these maternal deaths have only 42 per cent of the world’s midwives, nurses and doctors.
UNFPA is working together with a network of partners in more than 70 countries to train midwives, scale up midwifery services and end this deadly shortage of midwives.
The theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife is Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery, and on this day – and everyday – UNPFA salutes and supports these critical providers and the women and newborns at the heart of their care.
See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/fr/node/14835#sthash.SuUy302Y.dpuf Source: Text: UNFPA Logo: International Federation of Midwives