Every mother deserves a safe, healthy and joyful birth. But in the West Bank, Israeli military roadblocks and restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement stand in the way. These obstacles prevent women from reaching hospitals and accessing reproductive health care. Pregnant women often receive no prenatal care, and women deliver in unsafe conditions or without a skilled health worker. This endangers women's lives during pregnancy and childbirth.
Midwives for Peace is a grassroots group of 24 Palestinian and Israeli midwives, supported by MADRE and by you. The midwives have come together to act on their commitment to their profession and to peace.
- Women are guided through pregnancy and childbirth as a joyful, happy and healthy moment.
- The health of mothers and newborns is improved as the midwives provide women with personalized healthcare counseling on breastfeeding, hygiene, infant care and family planning.
- Despite the ongoing conflict, Palestinian and Israeli midwives work cooperatively, acting as role models for peaceful coexistence.
- Women have increased access to well-trained midwives in their communities, lowering the risk linked to the difficult trips to the hospitals through heavily barricaded checkpoints.
Midwives for Peace is a grassroots group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives working together to ensure that childbirth is a joyous and safe experience for women despite the conflict that surrounds them. Midwives for Peace saves lives by providing critical pre-natal care and childbirth support.