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"State of the World's Midwives"
June 06, 2014

A few weeks ago we said that the State of the World's Mothers was in our view the most important global report around. Well, we didn't lie, but a tie for 'most important' would have to include the State of the World' Midwives. This report was launched for the first time in 2011, and this second edition, the 2014 report, saw considerable publicity associated with the Triennial International Conference of Midwives in Prague.

Since 2011, the report does take note of tangible positive changes that have occurred, including the following:

-33 of the 73 countries (45%) report vigorous attempts to improve workforce retention
in remote areas;
-20 countries (28%) have started to increase recruitment and deployment of midwives;

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May 20, 2014

**Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in
furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child
health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every
Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African
countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015.

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May 20, 2014

**Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in
furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child
health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every
Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African
countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015.

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May 12, 2014

In the second installment of Maternova's feature on the low-cost highly effective ProntoPack Birth Simulator Kit, join us in learning additional information about where the innovation is helping train birth attendants, midwifes, and healthcare workers in safer birth practices.

We also know that this system has been used at academic institutions in the United States... can you tell us more?

The PRONTOPack and PartoPants are fundamental parts of emergency obstetric and team training at a variety of large US academic institutions and hospitals including the University of Washington, the University of Utah, UCSF and the University of Maryland.

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May 05, 2014

The UNFPA indicates there is a dire shortage of trained midwifes globally. The estimated number reflecting a shortage of workers skilled in safe labor and delivery is staggering at nearly 350,000. Over the next ten years, we'll need to work together to give these selfless heroines the skills they need to ensure mom and baby thrive during and after birth. With obstacles in the way including a lack of appropriate training tools, what's a person to do? If you're a highly innovative team based out of the University of Washington, you develop the PRONTOPack. We had the chance to ask for the story behind the innovation. This is what they have to say.

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