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10 facts on Midwifery

Portrait of a mother and baby, Uganda
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WHO is working with partners to increase the numbers of competent midwives.

According to recent estimates, countries require a minimum of six health workers with midwifery skills per 1 000 births to make sure that 95% of women are attended during childbirth and to accelerate the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality. WHO supports countries to address the shortage of health workers.

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