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Essay-writing competition for midwives

18 September 2015
Call for submissions

WHAT: Are you a midwife? Would you like to share your story on how you are saving lives of mothers and babies? We would like to hear from you! Tell us your story or experience of what if means to be a midwife, what inspires you to do your work and the successes you are proud of.

ELIGIBILITY: All midwives (including midwifery students) living in Uganda can submit an essay of not more than 600 words narrating the significant stories about their life experiences during their midwifery career.SELECTION: The best essays will be selected and Role Model midwives will be officially recognized during the Safe Motherhood Day on October 17, 2015. The winning stories will be compiled into a booklet and distributed widely to inspire more people to join midwifery.

Storytellers are the weavers of the imagination, bringing light to the collective consciousness, and giving rise to new thoughts and ideas for creative cultural shifts. Throughout time, people have gathered to hear the tales of storytellers, circling together to be entertained and educated by stories of how life was and how it could be. With the inspiration of courageous heroes, storytelling is a skill that can amplify the effectiveness of conscious birth advocates in co-creating the new birth paradigm. But the most powerful stories of all may be - birth stories. Stories telling the birth of the divine child, the stories women tell to each other privately and the stories that midwives tell have since time immemorial shaped cultures, beliefs, choices and lives. Women used to learn about birth and mothering through the stories of their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends and even midwives. Now is the time for the midwives to arise and once again share these inspirational birth stories.

Midwives play a critical role in improving maternal and newborn health. They are the first and main point of contact for an expectant mother and first to lay a hand on a child when it is born. They are also responsible for providing care and supporting women to make informed choices about their health. Midwives save lives. They are the warriors at the frontline of maternal health care. Midwives are the guardian angels of women and babies. Midwives are heroes.

At UNFPA, midwives are highly valued for the range and extent of skill and knowledge in fulfilling their duties and saving lives of mothers and newborns. Therefore, their role in improving maternal and child health care should also be recognized. Because everybody has a story to tell, UNFPA is giving midwives an opportunity to share their heroic stories serving as givers of life through essay -writing.