#FirstDay : Why The World Needs Midwives and Basic Medicine for Newborn Babies

Zakaria, a newborn baby in Gardo General Hospital, Puntland, Somalia.RS67063_Baby_Zakaria-11 Do you remember that moment of pure rapture, shock and excitement of your baby’s first few hours? Last year, I had my second child at home and even though the birth was so fast that she popped out before the midwife arrived (!), I felt safe in the knowledge that she was on her way and would help me deliver the placenta and check my baby over.

The knowledge and experience that midwives have is amazing and everyone in the world should have access to that. In the UK, we have the services of NHS (despite it’s faults) and wonderful independent midwives. People in other countries are not so lucky. Every year, around the world, 2.9 million babies die in their first month from things that are preventable. The outcome could be changed with the help of a trained and equipped midwife along with basic medicines such as antiseptics and antibiotics, vital equipment and a clean environment to work in.

The world has made amazing progress in saving children’s lives over the past two decades. The number of children who die each year has dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.


This year, for the first time ever, countries around the world will sit down to agree a global action plan to save newborn lives which would mean:

  • Saving the lives of 2 million newborn babies a year
  • Ensuring that every baby is born with the support of a trained and equipped midwife

Save the Children want David Cameron to sign the Newborn Promise – a plan to ensure that by 2025 every baby is born with the life-saving support of a midwife.

Please sign the petition to the Prime Minister to make sure every baby is born with the life-saving support of a midwife.