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10 facts on Midwifery

Midwives in a training session, India
WHO/Marie-Agnes Heine

Midwives need competency based training, as well as regular refresher training and support

Midwives need hands-on training to enable them to acquire and maintain competencies to provide high quality care to women and newborns. Some midwives complete a 3 year direct entry training, and many nurses take a recommended 18 months post-nursing midwifery training. Governments need to provide opportunities for midwives to update their skills, and should adopt and implement policies and legislation that enables midwives to use their full expertise.

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