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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health workforce, with a focus on midwives. It calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable them to fulfil their potential.
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“A 35-year-old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. “After conducting a medical check-up, I understood that she urgently needed to be taken to the maternity hospital in Erbil.” 
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UNFPA has partnered with Amref International University (AMIU) and the Phillips Foundation to train midwives on the provision of ultrasound screening services in primary healthcare facilities.

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