“The eyeglasses have helped me to read my [self-paced learning] units without problems, especially at night. At work they are my second eyes... work goes on as normal unlike before. I am so happy because the glasses have improved my sight.”
It is being gradually recognized that Pakistan's high Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) cannot be brought down unless the country produces competent midwives to give care to every woman during her maternity cycle.
Definition of Midwife
“midwife is a person who having been regularly admitted to a midwifery education program, duly recognized in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and /or legally licensed to practice as a specialist in normal obstetrics."
Sphere of Practice
A midwife must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on her own responsibility and to care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventive measures, the detection of abnormal condition in mother and child, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of medical help.
She has an important task in counseling and education, not only for the women, but also within the family and community. The work should involve antenatal education and preparation and extends to certain areas of gynaecology, family planning and child care.
She may practice in hospitals, clinics, health units, domiciliary conditions or any other service.
MAP believes in pooling resources, giving and receiving strength and joining hands with all those who are working in the area of maternal and newborn health
- Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan
- Green Star Social Marketing
- JSI/PAIMAN (USAID)
- TACMIL Health Project
- PATH International
In USA midwives were forbidden by law to practice midwifery until the middle of the last century.