The World Needs More Midwives … Now!

14 08 2014

 

“Midwives are the unsung heroes of maternal and newborn health. They can prevent about two thirds of deaths among women and newborns. And midwives deliver much more than babies: They are the connective tissue for communities, helping women and girls care for their health, from family planning all the way through the postpartum period.” ~UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

I don’t think that I could say it any better than that!

“Midwives need hands-on training to enable them to acquire and maintain competencies to provide high quality care to women and newborns.”~World Health Organization

Staff Midwives being trained in Neonatal Resuscitation.

AGGMC Staff Midwives being trained in Neonatal Resuscitation.

“Countries need to improve distribution and retention of midwives, especially in poor and remote areas.”~World Health Organization

The Bugnay Staff Midwives doing regular prenatal check-ups for the women living in the remote mountains of Tinglayan.

The Bugnay Staff Midwives doing regular prenatal check-ups for the women living in the remote mountains of Tinglayan.

“Many trained midwives work abroad for better salaries and more favourable working conditions. This creates a dearth of skilled staff in countries that need them most.”~World Health Organization

Training student midwives on prenatal care.

Training local student midwives on basic prenatal care. Many of the students we help to train, we eventually hire as staff midwives at AGGMC.

“[Midwives] check the health of the newborn and also counsel the mother on newborn care, birth spacing and family planning.”~World Health Organization

Our monthly Well-Baby seminars in which we train mothers on the keys to keeping their babies and themselves healthy.

Our monthly Well-Baby seminars in which we train mothers how to keep their babies and themselves healthy.

 

It is my hope that at AGGMC we are making an eternal investment into the lives of our midwives and in turn, the mothers and babies of Kalinga.

 

(UNFPA quote taken from unfpa.org)

(WHO quotes taken from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/midwifery/en/)


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