Around the world, 58 countries face significant maternal health care shortages. In the worst circumstances, as few as 2.3 doctors, nurses, and midwives are available to serve more than 1,000 people. As a result, approximately 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth every year—almost 1,000 a day. Of these women, 99 percent die in developing countries. There is no question that midwifery education programs around the world need to meet this demand and provide highly skilled health care workers to these resource-constrained communities.
While myriad variables affect maternal and neonatal mortality — including education, nutrition, and socioeconomic status — timely access to skilled care is among the most impactful. Midwife International works to bridge the maternity healthcare gap by catalyzing a global workforce of maternal healthcare leaders.
We partner with other established organizations to coordinate placement for our students at birth clinics in resource-constrained regions around the globe. Reflecting our commitment to high-quality midwifery education, students at each are guided through our service learning model, and our unique curriculum that combines hands-on skills training with academic study, leadership training, and culturally appropriate demand creation projects.
Under one umbrella, our midwife training sites share resources on a global scale but remain country-specific, run by local midwives. We are committed to local leadership, renewable resources, and clinics that sustain themselves financially. At each of our country sites we provide instruction led by midwife preceptors who represent culturally specific approaches as well as international standards of midwifery care. Based on available infrastructure, digital media such as video and Internet technology will be used to facilitate ongoing exchange between students, maternal health experts, and midwives from around the world.
No other midwifery program emphasizes shared resources and knowledge across international and cultural boundaries, fusing remote clinics as a conduit for innovation in maternal health interventions.
Answering the Call for Midwives
The world needs more midwives. Our Global Midwife Training Advanced Internships, Midwifery Intensives and 3-Year Midwifery School provide a challenging learning environment intended to train midwives who will be equipped to provide high-quality maternity care in a variety of settings. But we do more than just train midwives. Our service learning model is designed to influence the way student midwives see themselves and their role in the communities they serve, and to develop the skills necessary to become the future leaders of positive change in maternity care. Apply Now.
Take a look at our unique approach to midwifery education and international clinical experience. Find out how we integrate service learning into our methodology. Learn more about midwife certification and the Midwives Model of Care, or how our programs can help you to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through NARM. Read inspiring stories about how to become a midwife on our weekly blog. Learn about the state of maternal health worldwide. Share the UNFPA “Call to Action” with your network.