Organized by Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Health Policy Plus, International Confederation of Midwives, Maternal Health Task Force, United Nations Population Fund, U.S. Agency for International Development, White Ribbon Alliance, Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, and World Health Organization
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center
Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM
Discrimination, harassment, and lack of professional support and respect are key barriers hindering midwives’ ability to provide lifesaving, quality care to women and newborns, according to findings in the first and largest global survey of midwifery personnel led by the World Health Organization, the International Confederation of Midwives, and White Ribbon Alliance, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded HP+ project.
The new report, “Midwives’ Voices, Midwives Realities: Findings from a global consultation on providing quality midwifery care,” reveals more than a third (37 percent) of some 2,400 midwives in 93 countries have experienced harassment at work, with many describing a lack of security and fear of violence. Disrespect in the workplace affects midwives’ feelings of self-worth and their ability to provide quality care to mothers and babies worldwide. Just over half (58 percent) of the midwives feel they are treated with respect.
Midwives support women and babies throughout their journey to safety every day. They are key frontline providers of essential health services, and their voices are vital to improving polices at all levels, from the facility, district, national and international agencies, funders, and others who work on maternal and newborn health. It is essential that we hear midwives’ voices and listen to what they have to say, for they know what is at stake and what is possible for women, newborns, families, and communities.
You are invited for this discussion of the voices and realities of midwives working to bring quality, respectful care for mothers, newborns, and their families. Speakers will be announced soon.