Midwives Deliver Hope in the Time of COVID-19

Midwife Sharmin Akhter, 25, readjusts her protective gear before she attends to a mother in labor at a sub-district health facility, called an Upazila Health Complex (UHC), in Barlekha, Moulvibazar District. Her reassuring voice comforts the mother, who continues pushing to deliver the baby—until the endearing cry of a newborn engulfs the room.  Sharmin has

A Midwife’s Labors Don’t End When the Baby Comes

Midwives in India

Kamalganj, Bangladesh—Tanjina Akhtar is keen to explain that her labor goes beyond the delivery of a baby. Busy as she is bringing new lives safely into the world and happy as it makes her to see mothers smile when she rests healthy newborns skin to skin on their chests, this midwife’s scope of practice extends

When Policies Empower Women with Choices

Runa consults with midwife Monita

Barlekha Upazila, Bangladesh—Not yet out of her teens, Runa Akhtar became a first-time mother, giving birth to a healthy baby girl at Barlekha Upazila Health Complex in November 2019. After conducting the delivery safely, midwife Monita Singha asked Runa whether she wanted to accept a family planning (FP) method right away. Having graduated from school,