After decades of effort by the global health community and governments, more women are giving birth in health facilities than ever, and maternal and newborn mortality have declined since 1990.

A proposal to arrest midwives who fail to report underage mothers seeking antenatal care at health facilities to police would backfire, Uganda’s health minister Ruth Aceng warned.   The country’s youth minister suggested last week that the approach could help to track and…

The US leads the industrialized world in the rate of pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths, and the country's fraught relationship with midwives has a role to play, according to the final installment in a series on America’s maternal mortality crisis. Just 10% of the…

Unnecessary red tape limits certified nurse midwives’ ability to implement their training—and endangers mothers’ health—writes New America policy analyst Alieza Durana.   Research in the Journal of Health Economics found more cesarean sections and induced labors in states…

Midwives are coming to the aid of Rohingya pregnant women and new mothers in local clinics and refugee camps in Bangladesh.   The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that 16% of Rohingya women refugees ages 15–19 are pregnant or new mothers—many of whom fled to Bangladesh…

Midwives in rural Burma are there for a baby’s first breath and to register the birth. They also are responsible for registering deaths and their causes. More than half of the country’s 450,000 annual deaths have no doctor-certified cause leaving a critical data gap for…

More than 4,000 midwives from 113 countries kicked off this week’s International Confederation of Midwives congress with a joyful march on Saturday through downtown Toronto. They aim to raise awareness of their contributions to global health and to improve access and…

Much of the 40% decline in maternal deaths since 1990 can be attributed to skilled birth attendants—but midwives don’t always get the credit they deserve.   Today, the International Day of the Midwife, they do. Maryalice Yakutchik (Jhpiego writer and dearly missed GHN…

The caseload for a midwife in the Kotido district of Karamoja, tucked in a remote part of north-eastern Uganda, strains belief: with just 18 midwives serving 9,600 mothers, according to district health officials, each midwife cares for at least 533 mothers a year. That’s…

The Inuula Health Centre II in Uganda’s Luuka district has no doctor, no electricity and no “mama kits” for delivering babies, but it does have Damali Inhensiko. The indefatigable midwife works 7 days per week with only a couple days off per month. She runs all antenatal…