Midwives provide vital, often life-saving support to women and babies during delivery. From Bangladesh to Rwanda, Canada to Malawi, mothers share their experiences of care in childbirth

Roughly 800 women and more than 8,000 newborns die every day, due to largely preventable complications during and after pregnancy and childbirth. If a well-trained midwife had been there, according to a Lancet study in 2014, 83% of those lives could have been saved (pdf).

And as 4,000 midwives from 114 countries gather in Toronto this weekend for the International Confederation of Midwives Congress, the greatest concerns are around global shortages and under-investment in such an essential field of health.

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