From Fronteras to Frontlines, Mexican Midwives Saving Lives

Indigenous midwives’ center in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo: Simon Chambers/PWRDF
Midwives in training at the 3rd Regional Forum of the Mexican Midwifery Association. Photo: Asociación Mexicana de Partería AC/Facebook.
Midwives in training at the 3rd Regional Forum of the Mexican Midwifery Association. Photo: Asociación Mexicana de Partería AC/Facebook.
  • Midwives can grow professionally. Midwives want to attend births in the public health sector. They want to feel valued and earn recognition for their contributions to respectful, safe maternity care that is free from violence and discrimination.
  • Health facilities and staff support labor and delivery. Midwives want hospitals and other health facilities to dedicate more space to maternity care. They want to see doctors value midwifery and the importance of respectful maternity care.
  • People have access to information about pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives want pregnancy and childbirth to be seen as a normal, healthy process. Women should be empowered with information about birth options so they can make their own decisions.

Raise the visibility of midwifery-led care

  1. Strengthen the legislative framework that supports midwifery-led care through public demonstrations and direct discussions with legislators.
  2. Create videos for social media and pitch stories to the press to raise public awareness of the critical role midwives play in maternal and newborn health care.

Facilitate the work of traditional midwives

  1. Bring together traditional midwives and doctors so they can work together when complications arise.
  2. Inform women about the role and knowledge of midwives.

Increase recognition of midwifery as a valid profession

  1. Strengthen the capacity to network. While the Mexican Midwifery Association is key to this process, midwives’ networks are fragmented, so midwives still lack a group identity. Through a strengthened sense of unity, local midwifery associations can be stronger and more effective advocates.
  2. Build evidence for midwifery by documenting changes in health facilities and then use this evidence to advocate for supportive midwifery policies.

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