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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Local midwives raise awareness about their profession

  • Thursday the Kansas Midwives Association will sponsor a “Mommy and Baby Picnic” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Newton Military Park by the Newton Public Library to mark International Midwives’ Day.


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  • Thursday the Kansas Midwives Association will sponsor a “Mommy and Baby Picnic” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Newton Military Park by the Newton Public Library to mark International Midwives’ Day.
    More than 340,000 women die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability as a result of preventable maternal causes, a news release stated. The World Health Organization has stated the No. 1 health profession need in the world is midwives and has called for 350,000 more midwives in service if there is to be any hope of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 by 2015.
    Concerned citizens and professionals are committed to reducing inequality, through greater access to essential midwifery care worldwide (particularly in developing countries where 90 percent of maternal deaths occur) while raising awareness of birthing options in local communities and the benefits of midwifery care, a news release stated.  
    Speaking at a recent midwifery gathering, local certified professional midwife, Michelle Ruebke stated, “The world needs midwives more than ever. Access to essential midwifery services reduces maternal and infant mortality and reduces the cycle of poverty in developing countries.
    “We want to see mothers and babies getting the support they need through increased global and local commitment to midwifery services.”
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