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On the International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA sheds light on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen which caused two thirds of reproductive health facilities to stop working. This puts the lives of millions of mothers and newborns on the line. Trained midwives can prevent two thirds of all avoidable maternal deaths.  Without adequate support, pregnancy and childbirth become just as life threatening as shells and bullets. Miwives play a crucial, life-saving role in humanitarian crises when maternal death rates typically rise and women's reproductive health are sometimes dismissed as secondary. 

Read the story of Sahar, a Yemeni midwife and survivor of fistula and watch a short documentary about her experience here