Yasmine Vaughan shares another incredible breakout session from HCW’s Rising Tides 2023 Together for Global Health.
This informative session on the practice of midwifery in low to middle income countries was conducted by Jennifer Stevens.
Midwifery centers are a community-based approach to addressing maternal mortality by increasing access to quality care that strengthens health systems, provides an enabling environment for midwifery and eases the burdens on hospital beds by providing right-sized care. Learn more about this approach, and why it is important.
Jennifer Stevens has worked globally for over 10 years. Beginning in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, she supported work in Mexico, Peru, Haiti, Niger, Namibia, and much of South Asia with WHO, UNFPA and her NGO, Goodbirth Network. She completed her doctorate in public health, focusing on maternal health in LMIC, specifically midwifery centers as enabling environments for midwifery care. From 2018-2020, she lived and worked in Bangladesh with UNFPA on their Strengthening National Midwifery Program. She is co-founder of Good Birth Network (GBN), focusing on a global network of midwifery centers in low resource areas. Their mission is to support the growth of high quality midwifery centers through standards, education, networking and data collection. GBN is currently piloting the first accreditation program for midwifery centers in LMICs.