November 25, 2023 in European News, News

World Patient Safety Day shines a spotlight on maternal and newborn health

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Madalina Dragomir is a student from Romania who is about to become a midwife. She says the most powerful moment in her job is when she lays her hands on a newborn, witnessing a woman’s transformation as she moves from pregnancy to motherhood.

“This is the most beautiful and intense moment in this profession,” she says.

Midwives like Madalina play a crucial role in keeping new mothers and babies safe during a delicate time such as childbirth. Countries in the WHO European Region have made significant progress in protecting mothers and babies, but safety procedures and the quality of health-care settings are still lagging behind in many areas.

This year’s World Patient Safety Day shines a spotlight on maternal and newborn health, calling on all stakeholders to accelerate the actions necessary for ensuring safe and respectful childbirth. The role played by health and care workers is essential in this: safety and quality of care are possible only when health workers are well-trained, empowered and protected.