The 2021 State of the World’s Midwifery report, launched on Wednesday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Confederation of Midwives, mentioned that absolutely resourcing midwife-delivered care by 2035 would avert roughly two-thirds of maternal, new child deaths and stillbirths, saving 4.3 million lives per 12 months.
Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), highlighted the “enormous impact” midwives have on ladies and their households.
“A capable, well-trained midwife can have an enormous impact on childbearing women and their families – an impact often passed on from one generation to the next.”
“At UNFPA, we have spent more than a decade strengthening education, enhancing working conditions and supporting leadership roles for the midwifery profession. We have seen that these efforts work”, she added.
The report referred to as on governments to supply an enabling work setting for midwives, free from gender-related stigma, violence and discrimination. It additionally urged higher funding within the schooling and coaching of midwives and midwife-led service supply, and midwifery management and governance.
Appointing senior midwives as leaders at nation stage would offer a major lever for constructing capability, it famous.
Providing well being providers, defending ladies’s rights
Midwives don’t simply attend births, in addition they present antenatal and postnatal care and a variety of sexual and reproductive well being providers, together with household planning, detecting and treating sexually transmitted infections, and sexual and reproductive well being providers for adolescents, all whereas making certain respectful care and upholding ladies’s rights.
As numbers of midwives improve and they can present care in an enabling setting, ladies’s and newborns’ well being improves as an entire, benefitting all of society.
The report’s 2021 version – the third within the collection – famous, nonetheless, that regardless of earlier warnings and presenting a roadmap to treatment the deficit, progress has been very gradual. According to newest evaluation, on the present fee, the state of affairs would enhance “only slightly” by 2030.
Learn classes from the pandemic
Against this background, the report referred to as on Governments and stakeholders to “build back better and fairer” from the pandemic, forging stronger main health-care techniques as a pathway to common well being protection and fostering a extra equitable world for all.
“We must learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us, by implementing policies and making investments that deliver better support and protection for midwives and other health workers”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, mentioned.
“This report provides the data and evidence to support WHO’s longstanding call to strengthen the midwifery workforce, which will deliver a triple dividend in contributing to better health, gender equality and inclusive economic growth”, he added.
Follow the information, put money into midwives
The launch of the report coincided with the International Day of the Midwife, noticed yearly on 5 May, acknowledges the essential function these important healthcare professionals have in stopping maternal and new child deaths and empowering ladies to make the very best selections for themselves and their infants.
This 12 months’s theme is Follow the Data, Invest in Midwives.
Franka Cadée, President of the International Confederation of Midwives, appealed to governments and coverage makers to behave on the report’s suggestions.
“As autonomous, primary care providers, midwives are continually overlooked and ignored. It’s time for governments to acknowledge the evidence surrounding the life-promoting, life-saving impact of midwife-led care, and take action on the State of the World’s Midwifery report’s recommendations.”