Midwives save lives. Yet, two-thirds of women in the poorest, least developed countries give birth without a skilled birth attendant. Only when we have enough skilled midwives will we stop the needless deaths in childbirth of girls and women across Africa
and Asia. The midwife has an important role to play, not just in ensuring a safe birth but also after the birth to support the mother in looking after her new baby, and advising on birth spacing and family planning.
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