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.
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.