Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Midwives' voices, midwives' realities report 2016

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WHO

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Publication details

Number of pages: 76
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 151054 7

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Overview

The "Midwives voices, midwives realities report 2016" documents the voices and realities of 2470 midwifery personnel in 93 countries and describes, from their perspective, the barriers they experience to providing quality, respectful care for women, newborns and their families. The findings highlight that hierarchies of power and gender discrimination hinder progress, but also demonstrate the great potential for improvements in quality of care when the voices of midwives are heard.

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Background

The 2011 landmark "State of the world’s midwifery report" (SOWMy) provided the data indicating that there is a global shortage of health workers with the skills to provide midwifery care. By the time of the 2014 SOWMy Report it was estimated that only 4 of the 73 countries had invested in educating midwifery personnel with the skills needed.

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