‘Midwives should be given due recognition’

Kathmandu, May 3

Midwifery Society of Nepal in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is hosting the second National Midwifery Conference on May 4 and 5 in conjunction with the International Day of Midwives.

With the theme ‘Reaching the unreached women: Strengthening midwifery services in post-earthquake scenario’ MIDSON is holding the conference with a view to making people aware about the importance of midwifery.

Organising a press conference in the capital today, Prof Kiran Bajracharya, president of MIDSON, said midwifes have a key role to play as the global community strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

“During the quake of 2015, there was active participation of midwives in the care of pregnant women, new born babies and child delivery.

Although their role is indispensable in rural Nepal, they are not given due recognition,” said Bajracharya.

She said she found during her visits to six earthquake affected districts that they lacked quality maternity services by professional midwives. She stressed that midwives should be given due recognition.