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For those of you interested in global midwifery, I am excited to share a resource I just discovered (well, discovered when my professor showed us during a lecture at any rate). It is the website of the Disease Control Priorities Project, and you can see it at dcp2.org.

What can you gain from getting familiar with this website?  A wide range of information about maternal and child health needs from all over the world.  Exactly the type of evidence you might need to formulate a plan or seek funding for your plan.

As a quick example, look on the right hand side of the page for the Quick Link drop boxes.  Pick a country or region that interests you, might be your own or a country where you would like to work.  Then select Maternal & Newborn conditions from the second drop box. Then select the topic you would like to research.  I have selected to look at contributing and risk factors for maternal and child health in the United States (because thats where I live right now).

Immediately I have access to the chapter(s) of relevance to me.  I can select a chapter, see the topics within that chapter and begin my research. It even gives me listings of resources used to compile the information.  It is a great place to begin any research.

I hope this link helps you find information you need to direct your midwifery career.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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