Speaker: Ritu Agarwal
Facilitator: Chris Woodhouse
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Midwife-led continuity model of maternal and newborn care is a well recognized model globally. There are many evidences highlighting how midwives can provide efficient, cost-effective and compassionate care, even in low resource settings. The earlier government initiatives relating to midwifery did not produce the desired results due to lack in clarity of roles, poor legal and regulatory framework and ill-defined career progression pathways for the midwives. The new operational guidelines in 2018 for midwifery addresses all the earlier failures and subscribes to the rules laid down by the International confederation. However, the translation of policy into expected outcomes will depend on right selection, and training of midwifery educators; post-training deployment, and use of innovative adult learning and relearning methods and most importantly how swiftly the task shifting, redistribution of duties and good team work between doctors and midwives happen. The guidelines also specifies quality assurance and monitoring mechanisms.