women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global
efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible
health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is
assessing the situation.
State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives,
supported by 30 partners, provides the first comprehensive analysis
of midwifery services and issues in countries where the needs are
report provides new information and data gathered from 58 countries
in all regions of the world. Its analysis confirms that the world
lacks some 350,000 skilled midwives -- 112,000 in the neediest 38
countries surveyed -- to fully meet the needs of women around the
world. The report explores a range of issues related to building up
this key health workforce.
page includes access to the full report in three languages, as well
as related resources, applications, bibliographical information,
individual country profiles and stories of midwives.