Liberian midwives on Monday observed International midwives day at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The Liberia midwifery Association with support from the United Nations Population Fund observed three days for midwives across Liberia.
The Officer-In-Charge of the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Philderald Pratt, said at the program that maternal death has declined by half over the past two decades, while skilled birth attendance has increased by 15 per cent with two out of three deliveries worldwide now attended by a skilled health professional.
The International Confederation of midwives or ICM; the World Health Organization, WHO and several global partners have disclosed the latest data from 73 countries that account for more than 95 per cent of global maternal, newborn and child deaths. The new data will improve base on the area.
On the International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA and ICM applauded all committed midwives, who have worked beyond the call of duty most often in difficult circumstances, and with limited resources, to provide maternal and newborn care to women and girls around the world.
The president of the Fellow West Africa College of Nursing, Professor Angela Sawyer, said the statistics of women and children that die every year is about 10 million. She also said that they have put in place several methods to reduce the mortality rate, which has fallen from 994 to 700.
Professor Sawyer disclosed that in Liberia, four (4) women died every month in the fifteen counties and sixty women died every month in the entire Liberia. She said that a family suffers if the woman of the home dies. According to her, the woman is the backbone of every home, and the infant suffers because the mother of the home is no more, which becomes a serious economic loss for the family.
She said midwives should work in a conducive environment and improve on their advocacy skills rather than taking the law into their own hands by not working whenever there is a problem.