March 2011 Newsletter

Today’s Links
Dear friend,

I am thrilled to send you an email during such a significant month – we enjoyed celebrating the 100th International Women’s Day on March 8th and hope you did too!
Our Safe Motherhood work continues to grow, reaching more pregnant women and new mothers every month. We continue to deliver further clinical and research training to midwives in the countries we work, empowering these women and enabling better treatment of their patients.
Please read about how you can learn more about safe motherhood and how you can help to make midwifery an important political issue.

California Premiere of documentary film ‘No Woman, No Cry’ by Christy Turlington Burns with expert panel discussion – MARCH 17th

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Join us on March 17 as Christy Turlington Burns, international supermodel and maternal health advocate presents her compelling documentary ‘No Woman, No Cry.’ Presented by UCSF’s Global Health Science’s Team, the evening will also include an expert panel discussing childbirth and maternal health.

with Christy Turlington Burns, Director; Founder of Every Mother Counts
Dr. Suellen Miller, 
Director of the Safe Motherhood Program, UCSF
Nan Strauss
Amnesty International, co-author of Deadly Delivery: The Maternal
Health Care Crisis in the USA

Sally Rankin
, RN, PhD, FAAN, Interim Dean, UCSF School of Nursing

Venue: UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Auditorium, San Francisco. Reception at 5:30, Screening and discussion at 6:00. To read more, click here.

Support Midwives Around the World!
As you may know, I was a midwife for over thirty years before I  founded the Safe Motherhood Program and midwifery continues to be a topic of much importance for me.Around the world, midwives are working to ensure that women receive safe, quality and dignified care before, during and after childbirth yet globally, one in three women still gives birth without a skilled birth attendant. Investment in midwifery care is critical to reducing needless deaths in pregnancy and childbirth and pressure needs to be put on governments to increase the number of midwives and improve the conditions under which they work.


For this reason, we urge you to learn more about the landmark report to be released by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) at their 29th Triennial Congress in Durban, South Africa this June. ‘The State of the World’s Midwifery,’ a collaborative report prepared by international experts and leading maternal health organizations, will be the first of its kind and aims to strengthen support for midwifery around the world.

Stories of Midwives will be unveiled at a special event at the ICM Congress. For this, they are asking for stories about midwives and midwifery care. If you work with a midwife, are a midwife yourself, or simply feel strongly about midwives – please send in stories. Click here to read stories from around the world and to submit your own!