The Nordic Midwifery Congress took place earlier in May, where hundreds of midwives and other researchers have presented their latest scientific findings on everything from health during pregnancy, childbirth procedures, sexual and reproductive health and rights, domestic violence, and more.
Speakers have inspired others through their action and their passion to ensure that every woman has access to evidence-based care and a midwife who listens, supports and provides the care that every woman needs. We had the opportunity to speak to a few midwives who have in various ways dedicated their time to ensure that women in low resource settings have access to a midwife.
Vivian Wahlberg was the first midwife in Sweden and in the entire Nordic region to get a PhD. She has since then dedicated her life to improving midwifery practice and the health of mothers and babies around the world. Each year, Wahlberg gives out a stipend to midwives in Sweden, who want to further their research to improve the wellbeing of mothers and babies. Listen to Wahlberg describe her impact and why she chose to become a midwife.
Vivan Wahlberg has also released a book, her memoirs based on 33 years of research, experience and stories of meetings with mothers and midwives around the world. The book is still only available in Swedish.
The NJF Congress was not only visited by Nordic midwives, but by midwives and health professionals in other parts of the world. Roreen Mzembe presented with her Swedish colleague Mats Målquist about their work with Siphilile Maternal and Child Health in Swaziland, which has received support from the Church of Sweden. Their work includes a mentorship program for mothers to increase knowledge and improve maternal and child health outcomes in the community. Mzembe explains the Mentor Mothers program and the benefits of being a faith-based organization.
Celiwe Dlamini is a midwife working with Siphilie Maternal and Child Health. We had the opportunity to ask her specific questions about the challenges that midwives face in her area in Swaziland, and why she chose to become a midwife.
The White Ribbon Alliance Sweden, works to improve maternal and newborn health among Roma populations in Romania, in particular through the training of midwives. Britt-Marie Landgren, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, spoke about the work of White Ribbon Alliance Sweden and what has motivated her in her work with women’s health.
Through the work of midwives and other passionate health workers and community leaders, maternal and newborn health is being strengthened and together the change is powerful. To help ensure that all women and children have their rights fulfilled and have the ability to live a healthy life to their full potential, let’s continue to advocate for midwives for all.
Girls’ Globe is at the NJF Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. Follow the conversations here on girlsglobe.org and through the hashtag #midwives4all on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more through the following links: