Nursing and midwifery

Nurses and midwives comprise the majority of health care professionals in Europe and thus play a key role in the successful delivery of health services. In line with the growing international health workforce crisis, the WHO European Region currently faces serious shortages of well-qualified nurses and midwives.

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Caring for thousands over 4 decades of midwifery

Ms Virginia Stankevičiūtė, Chief Midwife in the Labour and Delivery Unit of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Klinikos, clearly remembers graduating from a midwifery programme at the medical school in Panevėžys, Lithuania, in 1979 and coming to the clinical hospital in Kaunas.


Lauren Marie Grech, midwifery student, Malta

Through her experience training to be a midwife, Lauren describes how societal developments and technology are changing this health profession.

Nurses and midwives: committed to delivering the highest quality care