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By Michael P. Orsi
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Vincent Fauveau
In Ethiopia, only 6 percent of births are attended by a doctor, nurse or midwife. In Niger, many women have more pregnancies than is safe. In Botswana, the AIDS virus is linked to almost 80 percent of maternal deaths.
More and better trained midwives could help save millions of lives in many countries with high death rates among newborns and women giving birth, the United Nations said Monday.
"We have now realized that there is a huge potential in the hands of the midwives that was not being exploited," Vincent Fauveau, a doctor who coordinated a U.N. study of 58 countries, said in a telephone interview from the coastal South African city of Durban. "They can do much more than deliver babies. They can deliver health services."
Midwives should be looked to in countries that need to increase the number of births attended by trained professionals if there is a shortage of doctors and nurses, Fauveau said.