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We envision a world in
which the care of a well-trained, respectful and supported midwife is
available to every woman within her own cultural context, community and
choice of birth setting.
Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of midwives to achieve the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies worldwide.
Thriving mothers create thriving children, and ultimately, a thriving world. Yet nearly 800 women die every day
from pregnancy and birth related causes, causing community trauma and
adversely impacting the nutrition, education, and overall wellbeing of
families. Further, ten million infants and children die each year before
their fifth birthday; 99% of these deaths occur in developing nations.
Infant mortality takes away society's potential physical, social, and
Now more then ever, the world needs more midwives.
Midwives not only save lives, they provide cost-effective, culturally
appropriate and locally accessible maternal and newborn healthcare.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the
World’s Midwifery 2014 Report, investing in midwifery education, with
deployment to community-based services, could yield a 16-fold return on
investment in terms of lives saved and costs of caesarean sections
avoided, and is a "best buy" in primary health care,
Investing in midwives
will free doctors, nurses and other health cadres to focus on other
health needs, and contributes to achieving a grand convergence: reducing
infections, ending preventable maternal mortality and ending
preventable newborn deaths.
main focus at this time is the Midwife International Community Action
Program (MICAP). Through MICAP, Midwife International (MI) will support a
series of mobile service and education clinics in key underserved areas
where there is a critical need for better access to skilled
reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) care. The mobile
clinics will serve a triple purpose: (1) providing critical RMNH
services, including birth education, to women and their families; (2)
educating and training frontline health workers to provide the
highest-quality, evidence-based care; (3) providing transportation and
improving referral linkages to higher level facilities for pregnant and
laboring women, when necessary. Research has shown that mobile clinics
have been successful in increasing utilization of key services. By
giving mothers access to high-quality health care; providing
region-specific education and training for frontline health workers,
based on internationally recognized standards; and improving referral
and transportation systems between the community and facility level, the
MICAP program will save lives, and create a sustainable foundation for
healthier and more stable families and communities.