Pregnancy should be a time of joy and anticipation, but in too many parts of the world, it can be a life-threatening condition.
Midwives are the first line of assistance, providing high-quality care during routine deliveries and managing basic complications. They’re also trained to recognize when to refer a mother to emergency obstetric care.
Most obstetric complications could be prevented or managed if women had access to a doctor, nurse or midwife during childbirth, according to the World Health Organization.
But midwives can only do their work if they have the right tools.
Direct Relief’s Midwife Kit contains everything a midwife needs to deliver babies safely in almost any environment. Surgical instruments, sutures, IV sets, gloves, cord clamps, and more. Endorsed by the International Confederation of Midwives, the kit contains the 59 essential items a midwife needs to perform 50 facility-based safe births.
In addition to the bringing more than 600 newborns into the world each year, the midwives of Bumi Sehat are often first responders after disasters occur in Indonesia. After Indonesia’s succession of devastating earthquakes in 2018, the team care for mothers and babies outside of hospital walls in the devastated communities of Palu and Lombok.
In a country where facility-based births are becoming less common due to internal conflict, the Syrian American Medical Society operates midwifery schools that offer the resources to perform safe births virtually anywhere.
Haiti has the highest rates of maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere, but groups like Midwives for Haiti are working to ensure that the country has a trained workforce of skilled birth attendants to oversee deliveries in the healthcare facility setting.
Medical care for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is extremely limited, with few places for women and children to receive medical treatment. That’s why Hope Foundation Hospital for Women and Children of Bangladesh is training local midwives to serve as the epicenter of maternal health in underserved communities.
With a mission to ensure mothers have access to a skilled birth attendant, Edna Adan University Hospital is working to train and dispatch 1,000 midwives throughout Somaliland.