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10 facts on Midwifery

A midwife listens to the baby's heartbeat, Senegal
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More than one third of all births take place without a midwife or other skilled health staff.

Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5) aims to improve maternal health. More midwives need to be trained to achieve the MDG 5 target to increase the number of births attended by skilled health personnel to 95% by 2015.

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