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Midwife International at Women Deliver in Malaysia

The most valuable investment is one in girls and women, and especially in mothers. Yet, maternal mortality remains one of the most prolific problems facing humanity today, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without mothers, families without sisters, and communities without beloved members.

The impact of this global problem – which is reinforced by vast network of systemic oppression – affects us all. A society that loses a mother to death or a birth-related disability loses a community resource, an advocate for children and an environmental steward. The end results are unhappier, less productive, and less sustainable communities. Planetary well being is at stake.

Now is the time to put solutions into action.

This May, Midwife International will join more than 5,000 global leaders and change makers at the 2013 Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (many thanks to all who supported our “Start the Global Conversation” campaign online and offline!). Given that the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline is rapidly approaching, the time is now to ensure that girls and women are guaranteed the opportunities and appropriate care they deserve. Women Deliver 2013 will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come.

As part of this important event, Midwife International is honored to have been invited to join the UNFPA, International Confederation of Midwives, Jhpiego, and WHO in the The Second Global Midwifery Symposium on “Strengthening Quality Midwifery Care: Making Strides, Addressing Challenges.” Our presence ensures that global leaders will hear the voices of direct-entry midwives as providers of a low-cost, compassionate and culturally adaptable solution to the maternal mortality crisis the world faces. We are grateful to all of our supporters for making it possible for us to collaborate in this high-level forum.

And, since we’ll have the opportunity to meet with leaders who have extraordinary global impact, we want to make sure that their ideas are accessible to absolutely everyone – not just those in Kuala Lumpur this May. That’s why we’re creating the “Better Birth for a Better World” video series – a series of 5-10 minutes interview clips featuring global leaders who are making the case in support of global maternal health.

The Better Birth for a Better World video series will focus on midwifery, safe and peaceful birth modalities, maternal health advocacy, and maternal/newborn health development goals, among other facets of the global maternal healthcare issue. It will highlight some of the biggest names in international development work (stay tuned to learn who!). The people we will interview are individuals who have committed their lives to building a better world, and who touch on maternal health as an important aspect of their work. We’ll release the full series this summer!

Help make the Better Birth for a Better World series possible by making a contribution in any amount today!