Support Midwives for Peace in Palestine

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org. Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


MADRE is working with Midwives for Peace, a group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives, to train and equip new midwives to help women safely deliver their babies in Palestine.

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In the West Bank, Palestinian women in labor are routinely denied access to medical care by Israeli military checkpoints and roadblocks. As a result, some women are forced to give birth in their cars while detained at military checkpoints or deliver their babies in unsafe conditions without any skilled birth attendant. Skilled, well-equipped midwives help ensure a safe and healthy birth for women in the West Bank, even if they can't reach a hospital.


MADRE provides “safe birth” medical kits, portable ultrasound devices and pre-natal supplements, and supports joint trainings for Israeli and Palestinian midwives.

Long-Term Impact

Palestinian mothers and babies are saved from life-threatening delays at military roadblocks. Women have increased access to well-trained local midwives. Despite the conflict, midwives from both sides are able to share skills that save lives.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


The Safe Birth Project Homepage
Midwives for Peace
Childbirth under Occupation: A Conversation betwee

Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @madrespeaks
Project Leader:
Irene Lew
Development Assistant
New York, NY United States
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