‘A Midwife Like Me’, was made by Medical Aid Films in partnership with The International Confederation of Midwives and shows how midwives around the world can help women have the best experience before, during and after child birth, encouraging them to make their own informed decisions around normal birth practice.
What makes maternal healthcare in other countries look so different than the US is midwives. Midwives in the U.S. participate in less than 10% of births, compared to 75% in Sweden, Denmark and France, and 50% in the UK. In the US, midwives are at the center of a culture war rooted in race and class.
Discrimination, harassment, and lack of professional support and respect are key barriers hindering midwives’ ability to provide lifesaving, quality care to women and newborns, according to findings in the first and largest global survey of midwifery personnel.
The Midwives Work DVD premiered at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Durban South Africa in June 2011, in front of 3000 midwives and others interested in maternity care from over 100 countries, has attracted huge interest. It highlights the importance of the role of the midwife in reducing maternal and infant mortality as well as the issues and challenges they face.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives created a short video to educate the public about midwives and the care they provide.
In 2018, NPR and ProPublica investigated maternal mortality and found a disturbing statistic emerge: for every American woman who dies, 70 nearly die. That adds up to more than 50,000 women each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Three women share their stories of close-calls during childbirth.
Women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than women in other high-income countries. Research suggests that half of these deaths may be preventable and disparities due to racism persist. The risk of pregnancy-related death for Black women is 3-4 times higher than white women.
Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program, which covers about half of all births in the U.S.
Ariadne Labs and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) presented a webinar to review the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist as a quality improvement tool. The webinar covered how respectful maternity care relates to quality of care more generally, as well as improves maternal health outcomes. They explored strategies for integrating respectful maternity care into quality improvement initiatives using case studies around the world.