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10 facts on Midwifery

A pregnant woman is weighed in a prenatal check, Democratic Republic of Congo
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Only one in three rural women in developing areas receive necessary care.

During pregnancy and childbirth, women in rural areas, remote districts and smaller health facilities in particular suffer from a lack of midwives and health personnel with midwifery skills serving their communities. Therefore, countries need to improve distribution and retention of midwives, especially in poor and remote areas.

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