Midwives’ voices, midwives’ realities

The ”Midwives voices, midwives realities report 2016” documents the voices and realities of 2740 midwifery personnel in 93 countries and describes, from their perspective, the barriers they experience to providing quality, respectful care for women, newborns and their families. The findings highlight that hierarchies of power and gender discrimination hinder progress, but also demonstrate the great potential for improvements in quality of care when the voices of midwives are Heard.

”It’s time to recognize the pivotal role midwives play in keeping mothers and newborns alive,” says Dr Anthony Costello, Director of Maternal, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health at WHO. ”Their voices have gone unheard for too long, and too often they have been denied a seat at the decision-making table.”

13 October 2016 | GENEVA – WHO and partners are calling for an end to the discrimination, harassment and lack of respect that hinder midwives’ ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

Midwives’ voices, midwives’ realities report 2016
WHO ISBN: 978 92 4 151054 7

WHO and partners call for better working conditions for midwives.
Joint News release WHO, International Confederation of Midwives, White Ribbon Alliance. Read the WHO news release: WHO and partners call for better working conditions for midwives.

WHO Sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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