Sexual and reproductive health

The midwife in the community

Midwifery education modules - second edition

World Health Organization

The midwife in the community

Publication details

Number of pages: 225
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English, Portuguese
ISBN: 978 92 4 154666 9 - Web only


The module begins with the story of Mrs X which shows how certain social, economic and cultural factors, combined with delays in seeking and obtaining medical care, put mothers at risk of complications which frequently lead to death. The theme from the story is then reinforced throughout the remainder of the module. Special emphasis is given to the role of midwives in promoting safe motherhood in the community by helping individuals, families and other community members understand and contribute to safe motherhood.

There are sessions covering specific topics such as the place and value of women in society; advancing safe motherhood through human rights; traditional beliefs, practices and taboos affecting the health of women during pregnancy and childbirth; the recognition and reduction of risk factors; the concept of delay as it relates to maternal death; and HIV/AIDS and safe motherhood. Additional sessions include the use of community profiling for planning community-based care and for evaluation of that care.

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