Midwives and Global Health

On May 7, 2009, in links, maternal and child health, by Karen Grepin

Earlier this week was the “International Day of the Midwife“. My best friend growing up in Canada has recently completed all of her studies to become a midwife in Hamilton, ON. In her honor, and in the honor of midwives everywhere, here are some midwive links…

1. Meet Fatoumata Dio a Traditional Birth Attendant from Mali. Read about her life as a midwife in rural Mali.

2. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and World Health Organization have argued that there is a global shortage of midwives and that the number of midwives globally will need to double to reach the MDG5 goal. I am not so sure…I may need to be convinced. But I agree that this area needs much greater investments.

3. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health has a new strategy which can be viewed here.

4. What is the role of primary health care in promoting health? Here is one view from Barbara Starsfield, Leiyu Shi, and my future colleague James Macinko at NYU. It is a great read.

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