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Can the importance of midwives be measured in deaths?

Mccarthy, R 2011, 'Can the importance of midwives be measured in deaths?' , The Practising Midwife, 14 (6) , pp. 40-41.

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Abstract

The devastating consequences of maternal mortality are nowhere more evident than in Uganda, where more than 6000 mothers die as a result of childbearing every year (WHO 2010). Maternal death not only devastates the families concerned but harms future generations in terms of economic and social stability. Most of the maternal deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented by the attendance of a midwife. In Gulu, Northern Uganda 60 per cent of women birth unattended. The facts surely speak for themselves. The world needs midwives now more than ever. Midwives have the potential to affect health on an individual and global scale and we should not underestimate the potential of the profession. Keywords Millennium Development Goals, maternal mortality, midwives, skilled health workers, sub-Saharan Africa

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Journal or Publication Title: The Practising Midwife
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1461-3123
Depositing User: Rosemary McCarthy
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 11:53
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:12
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18018

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