'Catching a baby' or caring for new parents on Christmas Day is special, midwives say. But Christmas can also be a vulnerable time for many women, especially so during a pandemic.
With the dawn of colonialism, nursing and midwifery were formally established and, in many colonies, recognised as the first modern clinical profession on the African continent.
During a pandemic, a home birth starts looking better every second. Midwives with their specialized skills in low-risk normal birth can be of great service.
Front line professionals need more support and time.
The benefits of midwifery for women and babies globally are clear. In Canada, innovations in midwifery centres and services are tempered by low pay and high rates of burnout.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to keep the arrival of their baby private – and it's caused some consternation. But this was normal for most medieval women.
Well resourced and empowered nurses could help to quickly spread universal health care.
Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth.
Mozambique has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. Researchers hope to reduce this, with an ambitious project aimed at empowering women and girls.
New WHO guidelines warn that medicalisation of birth is creating a lack of choice for birthing women.
About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.