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Investing in midwifery training and education for improved maternal and newborn outcomes

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Continuous Professional Development for midwifery educators The critical role of midwives in improving maternal and newborn health

The risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth is greatest in resource-limited settings, and ending preventable maternal mortality requires critical investments in frontline maternity care providers to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) maternal and newborn health (MNH) targets by 2030.

Midwives educated and regulated to international standards and working in well-equipped enabling environments provide 87% of essential MNH care services. It is estimated that universal coverage of essential maternal, newborn and family planning interventions that fall within the scope of midwifery practice could prevent 83% of all maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Scaling up the provision of midwife-led care globally could translate to saving 4.3 million maternal and newborn lives per year by 2035.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, midwives have remained at the frontline saving the lives of women their newborns despite challenges with personal protective equipment, work-related stress and ineffective communications. Therefore, greater investment in midwifery is an essential pathway to achieving SDG 3 MNH targets. Challenges to midwifery training and education

Countries are making efforts to expand and deliver equitable midwifery services, but comprehensive, disaggregated data for […]

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