Implementing midwifery led care in Pakistan

Rafat Jan, Yasmeen Jan Mohammed, Helen Mcintyre

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Pakistan's maternal and neonatal mortality rate compares unfavourably with the UK and much of the world (McIntyre 2010). The high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in Pakistan are due to inadequate maternal, neonatal and child care, too few skilled birth attendants, insufficient competent midwives, ineffective and unaffordable basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric services. In this article, the introduction of the first midwifery led units in an urban hospital setting in Karachi, its rationale and projected future plans will be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalPractising Midwife
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Midwifery innovations at aga khan university
  • Midwifery led care
  • Pakistani midwives
  • Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality


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