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But if midwives are ill and dying in a health system over- stretched by Covid-19 they will not be available to care for pregnant women and their families. Child- birth is a normal part of life and it does not stop because of a pandemic.

The 5th of May 2020 is the International Day of the Midwife and in the midst of the Covid-19 it is an welcoming opportunity to celebrate Kenya’s mid- wives who work tirelessly to ensure that maternity services are prioritized in saving the lives of moth- ers and their babies.