The sidelining of pregnant women’s needs and the skills of midwives is leading to a scourge of preventable deaths, warns the 2021 State of the World’s Midwifery report.
The global shortage of 900,000 midwives has been exacerbated by the pandemic, according to WHO.
Delivering adequate resources for midwife-delivered care by 2035 could avoid:
- 67% of maternal deaths
- 64% of newborn deaths
- 65% of stillbirths
Since the last report in 2014, progress has been slow, and if the current pace continues, the situation will improve only slightly by 2030.
Respect Needed: “A capable, well-trained midwife can have an enormous impact on childbearing women and their families – an impact often passed on from one generation to the next,” says UNFDA chief Natalia Kanem.