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.

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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