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Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children younger than five years old, and can cause lifelong learning disabilities, visual and hearing problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds
We can transform the health system so that every woman, and every newborn, is treated with quality, equity, and dignity, so that mothers and babies everywhere can survive the most vulnerable time in their lives and thrive for their betterment and the betterment of society.

Quality, Equity and Dignity: A Solution for Every Woman, Every Newborn, Everywhere
"There is increasing global awareness that good quality care is key to keeping mothers and babies alive and well. Today, each year there are 303 000 deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.7 million deaths of babies during the first 28 days of life. Better care can prevent many of these deaths."

10 Ways to improve the quality of care in health facilities
Skin-to-skin contact sustains premature babies where incubators are limited. It may even be the best form of neonatal care, period.

Saving Babies' Lives by Carrying Them Like Kangaroos
"In 1980, 45 of Alabama’s 54 rural counties had hospitals providing obstetrical services. Today only 16 of them offer such care, and doctors say that means many, many women need to drive an hour or more to deliver their babies or even get basic prenatal care from an ob–gyn.

Too many women cannot make such a long monthly trek, so they simply do without."

Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America
The new Quality of Care Network aims to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in health-care facilities within five years in the nine participating countries: Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Addressing issues of quality, equity and dignity (QED) in healthcare will accelerate progress for mothers and newborns. Learn more...
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This week in Malawi, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF announced the creation of The Quality of Care Network, which aims to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in health-care facilities within five years in the nine participating countries of Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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Quality Equity Dignity

Quality, Equity and Dignity will be driven by bold action to end preventable deaths of every mother, newborn and child #EWECisME #QualityCareNet

"White Ribbon Alliance did a survey and discovered that one midwife is looking after a thousand women which is a very challenging thing...this woman is expected to perform wonders alone," Nancy Kamwendo, WRA Malawi's National Coordinator, tells Mamaye-Malawi in a featured interview on women who have devoted their passion and time to maternal health.

MamaYe Making a difference in maternal care | Malawi
#Midwives know that #midwifery is the key to protecting human rights in childbirth.

#MidwivesVoices must be heard.
For every expectant or new mother in the U.S. who dies, as many as 100 women come very close to dying, often with devastating long-term physical, emotional and economic effects. Maternal near deaths —from hemorrhages, strokes, aneurysms, clots, sepsis infections, cardiac arrest, organ failure and other life-threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth— have been on the rise, and now...
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Do You Know Someone Who Died or Nearly Died in Childbirth? Help Us Investigate Maternal Health
Mothers continue to die during childbirth due to preventable causes all over the world -- and that's why The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Uganda's National Coordinator Ms. Robina Biteyi continues to advocate "for a functional health system including adequate human resources, medicines, supplies and commodities."

Mother dies during childbirth as doctors demand sh5000 to treat her
"Midwives and maternity support workers are working incredibly hard, often working long shifts without taking breaks. I hear of reports of midwives not even being able to drink a glass of water on an eleven or twelve hour shift. This is bad for them and it is also ultimately going to be bad for mothers and babies. Exhausted and overworked staff cannot deliver the quality of care they want to...
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Ageing midwives crisis: Why more student midwives must be trained up urgently
"Some midwives are on long-term sickness due to horrendous pressure that has caused them to burn out. We do not get breaks during our 13-hour shifts because there simply isn’t enough of us to cover each other. Women cannot be left on their own during established labour, especially those on the high-risk ward where I work. So we go without. Sometimes without even a drink."

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How UK Maternity 'Care' Let Me Down
Midwives know that midwifery is the key to quality maternal and newborn care.

Listen to #MidwivesVoices and protect human rights in childbirth.

This video premiered today at the Human Rights in Childbirth India Conference 2017 and features interviews from International Confederation of Midwives' Young Midwife Leaders.

Protecting Human Rights in Childbirth

Young Midwife Leaders explain how skilled, compassionate midwifery care is the key to high quality maternal and newborn care.

Looks like the Human Rights in Childbirth's Conference in Mumbai has gotten off to a great start!

Be sure to follow The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India to see all the latest pictures from their time at the Human Rights in Childbirth India Conference 2017.
At the Prince Mahidol Award Conference's "Vulnerable Populations at Risk for Disrespect and Abuse" panel, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India's Ms. Smita Bajpai discussed the need for Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) at a time when "women's vulnerability to disrespect and abuse during pregnancy and childbirth is historical and universal."

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The recommended World Health Organization (WHO) standard is one midwife for every 175 childbearing women, but The White Ribbon Alliance survey found that some districts in Malawi have just one midwife for every 7,801 childbearing women.

Malawi needs more midwives amidst acute shortage - Study - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Nominate your favorite midwife by February 10 -- and help educate and mobilize national and global leaders about the importance of midwifery in maternal and newborn care and the critical need to support the midwifery profession, especially in countries where the morbidity and mortality burdens are highest.

Save the Children and International Confederation of Midwives Accepting Nominations for 2017 International Midwife Award