Back 20 November 2017

Building Momentum for the Expansion of Midwifery in Mexico and Beyond

By: Sharon Bissell, Director, Mexico Office, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Over the last five years, countries around the world have begun to undertake new initiatives to improve maternal health outcomes by strengthening midwifery care. The 2011 and 2014 State of Midwifery in the World reports, the 2014 and 2016 Lancet series on midwifery and maternal health and the World Health Organization’s 2016 Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities report represent an effort to recognize a historically overlooked cadre of the health workforce.

The International Confederation of Midwives and its member associations have garnered greater awareness and helped position midwifery as a legitimate and essential—yet often missing—part of reproductive and sexual health services. New initiatives like the Midwifery Services Framework have begun to systematize and guide how countries can and should rally behind midwives. Thanks to the collective work of these and other players, there is now strong evidence that midwifery is associated with more efficient use of resources and improved health outcomes for women and babies, especially in settings where teams of health providers work together and referral systems are robust.

This article was first published in the MHTF Blog. Click HERE to read the full article

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