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The Lancet Series on Midwifery


“Midwifery is a vital solution to the challenges of providing high-quality maternal and newborn care for all women and newborn infants, in all countries”

The Lancet Series on Midwifery introduces a new standard of care for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC), firmly placing the needs of women and their newborn infants at its centre. Midwifery care is a core component of making QMNC a reality for all women, in all countries.

Countries have successfully deployed midwives to reduce maternal and newborn deaths. Implementing effective, high quality and affordable midwifery services in our communities and facilities around the world reduces maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

The Working Group

The Lancet series was developed collaboratively by a multidisciplinary group, including academics, researchers, advocates for women and children, clinicians, and policy-makers. The 35 co-authors of the series come from all corners of the world as does the even larger group of people who reviewed the papers as they were developing.An Executive Group consisting of the series' lead authors and colleagues from donor, international and technical backgrounds met regularly to discuss and direct the focus and content of the papers. A Communications Group, supported by M4ID developed the social media campaign, press releases and the launch event and materials. With two papers still under development, these two groups continue to meet regularly.

List of Authors

Abdelhay MechbalAddress MalataAlison McFaddenAndrew Amos Channon
Anna Maria SpecialeCaroline SE HomerChiara AnconaDeborah Rachel Audebert Delage Silva
Endang AchadiEugene DeclercqFabienne RichardFelicia McCormick
Helen RehrHelga FogstadHolly Powell KennedyIngrid K Friberg
James CampbellJane SandallJerker LiljestrandLaura Wick
Linda A BartlettLuc de BernisMarcos Augusto Bastos DiasMarge Koblinsky
Maria Helena BastosMary RenfrewNgai Fen CheungPetra ten Hoope-Bender
Sabera TurkmaniSoo DowneSusan F MurrayTung Rathavay
Vincent De BrouwereVincent FauveauWim Van LerbergheZoe Matthews


The Executive Group

American College of MidwivesInstituto de Cooperación Social IntegrareNorwegian Development Agency NoradSouthampton University
United Nations Population Fund UNFPAUniversity of DundeeUniversity of LancashireUniversity of Technology Sydney
University of YorkWHO Euro  


Executive Group Members   
Luc de BernisJames CampbellSoo DowneVincent Fauveau
Helga FogstadCaroline HomerPetra ten Hoope-Bender (series coordinator)Holly Powell Kennedy
Zoe MatthewsAlison McFaddenMary Renfrew (principal investigator)Wim Van Lerberghe


Communications Group Members   
Luc de BernisSoo DowneCaroline HomerPetra ten Hoope-Bender
Charlotta LiukasAlison McFaddenThomson PrenticeMary Renfrew