Improvement of maternal and newborn health through midwifery

Petra ten Hoope-Bender (Lead / Corresponding author), Luc de Bernis, James Campbell, Soo Downe, Vincent Fauveau, Helga Fogstad, Caroline S. E. Homer, Holly Powell Kennedy, Zoe Matthews, Alison McFadden, Mary J. Renfrew, Wim Van Lerberghe

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    In the concluding paper of this Series about midwifery, we look at the policy implications from the framework for quality maternal and newborn care, the potential effect of life-saving interventions that fall within the scope of practice of midwives, and the historic sequence of health system changes that made a reduction in maternal mortality possible in countries that have expanded their midwifery workforce. Achievement of better health outcomes for women and newborn infants is possible, but needs improvements in the quality of reproductive, maternal, and newborn care, alongside necessary increases in universal coverage. In this report, we propose three priority research areas and outline how national investment in midwives and in their work environment, education, regulation, and management can improve quality of care. Midwifery and midwives are crucial to the achievement of national and international goals and targets in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health; now and beyond 2015.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1226-1235
    Number of pages10
    Issue number9949
    Early online date22 Jun 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2014
    EventLaunch of the Lancet Series on Midwifery - School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Jun 2014 → …

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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