Midwifery is a vital solution

What is holding back global progress?

Mary J Renfrew, Elena Ateva, Jemima Araba Dennis-Antwi, Deborah Davis, Lesley Dixon, Peter Johnson, Holly Powell Kennedy, Anneka Knutsson, Ornella Lincetto, Fran McConville, Alison McFadden, Hatsumi Taniguchi, Petra Ten Hoope Bender, Willibald Zeck

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We need look no further than midwifery for compelling evidence of gender inequalities blocking progress in global health. Despite growing evidence of the extensive impact of midwifery, midwives and the women they care for are disempowered by patriarchal structures and professional, socio‐cultural, and economic barriers. Widespread misunderstanding of the role and scope of midwifery exists at all levels of policy, health services, academia, and funders. The consequence is the fragmentation of care, with inevitable safety and quality gaps.8 This retards progress on universal health coverage and efforts to improve quality, equity, and dignity, and contributes to adverse outcomes including the unprecedented rise in unnecessary and unsafe interventions. These barriers disable the human rights of women and children, and ultimately harm families, communities, and economies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBirth
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jul 2019

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Renfrew, M. J., Ateva, E., Dennis-Antwi, J. A., Davis, D., Dixon, L., Johnson, P., ... Zeck, W. (2019). Midwifery is a vital solution: What is holding back global progress? Birth, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12442
Renfrew, Mary J ; Ateva, Elena ; Dennis-Antwi, Jemima Araba ; Davis, Deborah ; Dixon, Lesley ; Johnson, Peter ; Kennedy, Holly Powell ; Knutsson, Anneka ; Lincetto, Ornella ; McConville, Fran ; McFadden, Alison ; Taniguchi, Hatsumi ; Ten Hoope Bender, Petra ; Zeck, Willibald. / Midwifery is a vital solution : What is holding back global progress?. In: Birth. 2019 ; pp. 1-4.
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Midwifery is a vital solution : What is holding back global progress? / Renfrew, Mary J; Ateva, Elena; Dennis-Antwi, Jemima Araba; Davis, Deborah; Dixon, Lesley; Johnson, Peter; Kennedy, Holly Powell; Knutsson, Anneka; Lincetto, Ornella; McConville, Fran; McFadden, Alison; Taniguchi, Hatsumi; Ten Hoope Bender, Petra; Zeck, Willibald.

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Renfrew MJ, Ateva E, Dennis-Antwi JA, Davis D, Dixon L, Johnson P et al. Midwifery is a vital solution: What is holding back global progress? Birth. 2019 Jul 3;1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12442