The Importance of Midwives to Global Health

The importance of midwives to global health

Childbirth is one of the most natural, commonplace, and continuous experiences of human life. With thousands of babies born each day around the world, no other event is as critical to the survival of humanity on this planet.

In the past, childbirth broadly occurred at home, yet over the last century, it has moved primarily into clinical settings and health-care systems. Nevertheless, practicing midwives are still around, providing one-of-a-kind lifesaving services for mothers-to-be and their families. Midwifery care is strongly tied to fewer interventions, better outcomes, better cost-effectiveness and healthier lives. Let’s examine more closely the value of modern-day midwives—here’s a look into the importance of midwives to global health today and in the future.


Improving and achieving optimal health

One of the core reasons for the worldwide popularity growth of midwifery is the unique balance of professional and personalized care. Midwives are fully trained to provide care for prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods. Yet they also provide a supplementary sense of individual care and support diverse from traditional physicians. Many women in the world lack a quality level of care from their local or national health-care systems. This lack causes numerous hindrances to optimal health and social well-being.

Midwifery is an alternative solution supportive of the highest-quality care. Providers themselves or public health systems do not customarily define quality care. Rather, quality is the assurance of mutual respect and care individualized to each woman.

Supporting rates of safe, successful childbirths

At its core, midwifery directly influences the health of mothers and children. Well-trained, well-equipped midwives are also known as leaders in the areas they serve. They have the ability to meet women exactly where they are. Rural, poor, and isolated communities are especially in need of the care and support midwives provide to address health needs and challenges.

People with access to patient-centered services such as midwifery greatly benefit from those close partnerships. As the United Nations agency for reproductive health notes, the rate of maternal deaths, newborn deaths, and stillbirths could decrease if midwifery care needs were better met and understood. General midwifery philosophy strives to provide maternal health care for everyone, also reaching those who are usually excluded or marginalized.

Providing access to valuable information

Midwives are not solely present during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. They also work in communities year-round to provide education, counseling, and resources to the local area. This provision of accessible information is another point that illustrates the importance of midwives to global health.

In today’s society, the midwifery model of care takes note of the diversity among women and their whole-body and lifelong needs. Midwives can act as public health information messengers to improve outcomes, enhance everyday experiences, and empower women to make the best decisions for their health.


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