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Midwifery vignettes

International Women's Day 2009: A call for your stories

To mark International Women’s Day, 8 March 2009, we invite midwives and skilled birth attendants from around the world to recount their experiences in providing care to women. This year alone, more than 500,000 women will die during pregnancy or childbirth. At least 80 per cent of these deaths could be averted if women had access to essential maternal health services.

Midwifery Vignettes seeks to remember those women who have lost their lives during pregnancy and childbirth and those others who have survived against the odds. The first-person testimonies featured will enhance development literature by bringing to life the challenges of providing women with essential care and services even where the health infrastructure has been devastated in emergency, conflict and post-conflict conditions. Finally, Midwifery Vignettes is a tribute to maternal health workers around the world.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2007/Khemka
Anisha Ghimire, 26, rests after delivering her third baby at her home in Subhang Arubote village in Panchthar District in the remote, mountainous Eastern Region of Nepal.

Guidelines for submissions

Dear Participant,
We hope you will join us in bringing voice to the experience of women in childbirth, by sharing a short narrative (about 750 words) on a woman you have met in your practice for use in our project Midwifery Vignettes. Please use the questions below only as a loose outline; additional information is welcome. Please also include a photograph of yourself if possible.

The narrative: Please describe the childbirth experience of one of your patients: what were the circumstances? What should have happened and what actually did happen? Why do you think things went the way they did? What do you remember about what the woman said or did? Who else was there and what did they say or do? How did you feel about the experience?

About you:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Nationality
4. Place of work (include Country, Province/State, City/town or village):
5. Why did you decide to be a midwife?
6. How long did you train/study to be a midwife?
7. How long have you been working as a midwife?
8. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
9. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
10. Any other comments?

Please send your submissions by 8 May 2009 to devpro@unicef.org, subject heading “Midwifery Vignettes.”



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