Globaldev careers: The midwife

Registered nurse and midwife counseling mothers to breastfeed their babies in the Jummai Babangida Aliyu Maternal and Neonatal Hospital in Minna, Nigeria. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / The Global Financing Facility / CC BY-NC-ND

BARCELONA — The work of a midwife is not limited to labor wards and deliveries. These health professionals also play a critical role in reducing child and maternal mortality through community education, family planning services, and advocating for women’s reproductive rights.

There can be many misconceptions about the role and expertise of midwives, and this is one of the challenges of the job, said Olajumoke Adebayo, who works in a midwife-led health center in Nigeria, where the rate of maternal deaths is particularly high.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.