A big push for midwives

A series of papers by international experts, including an Australian, highlights the importance of high quality midwifery that goes above and beyond childbirth and postnatal care.

Yet its potential social, economic and health benefits are far from being realised on a global scale.

Improved access to midwives could prevent millions of deaths during childbirth in the developing world, The Lancet series shows, while also helping stem the surge of over-medicalisation of