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10 facts on Midwifery

Portrait of a mother with her newborn baby
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Competent midwives decrease the risk of dying during childbirth.

About 800 women and more than 8000 newborns die every day due to largely preventable complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period. In addition, every year, nearly 3 million babies are stillborn. Many of these lives could be saved if every birth were attended by a midwife.

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