The word midwife means “with woman.” In many countries throughout the world, women routinely have midwives care for their entire pregnancies. According to the World Health Organization, most babies in the world are delivered into the hands of midwives. Midwives, who focus on the health of mother and baby, have been caring for pregnant mothers and delivering their babies much longer than organized Western medicine has been involved in the business of “giving birth.”

Principles and Historical Development

  • Siddiqua Hussaini is here on a life-saving mission. The young midwife is checking up on Sabra[?] and her baby girl whom she helped deliver.
  • simple advice but still desperately needed. In Afghanistan’s remote Bamiyan province, maternal and child mortality are amongst the highest in the world. Cut-off by the ...
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