Skilled birth attendants such as midwives
offer the single most consequential intervention for reducing the 289,000 maternal deaths that occur globally each year.
are also required to work on the general ward when the patient load is too much for the one RN on duty.
In addition to representatives from the Health Ministry, the conference also included speakers from the UNFPA, UNICEF and Doctors without Borders, who emphasized the role of midwives
in preserving the lives and the health of mothers and children, and supporting women at all points in the process of pregnancy.
Many women do see the same midwife in the antenatal and postnatal periods already, but midwives
don't always rotate into the labour areas.
Mr Miliband, said: "Our fullyfunded plan will provide the extra staff including midwives
needed to give them the time to care.
Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at The RCM said: "Not only do these awards allow mothers to thank their midwives
for their exceptional work, but it also enables them to pay tribute to the fantastic job they do every single day.
learning scenarios to assist midwives
in understanding their role in relation to medicines and the relevance to midwifery practice;
On the day the woman was going through labour, the midwife arrived together with her two backup midwives
Research by midwifery staff in Abu Dhabi's Corniche Hospital suggests that the work of midwives
is 'poorly understood' and they are less autonomous than their counterparts abroad.
Zenzi Grabowski, a clinical charge midwife in the hospital's birthing suite, said heavy workloads meant many core midwives
felt exhausted and morale was low.
In 1976, the World Health Organization agreed with the International Council of Nurses and the International Confederation of Midwives
that midwifery should be recognized as an autonomous discipline.
A survey of almost 600 nurses and midwives
carried out by the regulator found only 40% of nurses and midwives
were aware that they are entitled to claim tax relief on their registration fees.