Maternal and Child Health

#3 – Giving Birth in Sweden

In this episode of The Mom Pod, Julia Wiklander interviews midwives about the state of maternal health care in Sweden – a country that has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to give birth. She speaks with expecting parents about their preparations, fears and hopes for childbirth and tells the story of her own baby’s birth, together with her husband.

Mia Ahlberg, President of the Swedish Association of Midwives states the importance of having a woman centered care during pregnancy and childbirth.  “You always have to listen to her. You should never do anything without talking or asking her if she is comfortable with it. I think this is the most important part of midwifery”. Mia discusses the challenges that the Swedish maternal health care system faces, including limited space in hospitals, the refugee crisis and limited opportunities and choices for women.

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Maria and Kien who speak about their expectations of becoming parents in this episode of The Mom Pod.

Maternal health care in Sweden is centered around midwives, and they play an important and natural part of every pregnancy and birth. “Dare to ask your midwife!” encourages Liza Henning, midwife and Head of the Perinatal Department (BB) in Malmö, Sweden, which is her top tip to pregnant women and new mothers.

Sweden has become known for its generous maternity (and paternity) leave policy, and a strong welfare system boasting with free healthcare for all. In this episode you will also get an insight into how it is to be pregnant and expecting a child in Sweden.

Listen to the full episode below or on iTunes.

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Cover photo credit: La Citta Vita on Flickr.

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Category: Maternal and Child Health    Pregnancy    The Mom Pod
Tagged with: Childbirth    Health Care    Maternal Health    Midwives    Sweden    women's rights

The Mom Pod

A bi-weekly podcast series, produced by Girls' Globe, focusing on issues related to motherhood, babies and maternal health around the world. The podcast highlights a variety of issues important to mothers, fathers and other caregivers ranging from birth practices and cultural beliefs related to pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding, postpartum healing and depression, babies development, differences in maternity and paternity benefits, sleep and more! The Mom Pod brings together research, data, hot topics in the media and personal stories and experiences of mothers from around the world to highlight differences - but also to remind us how many things mothers across the globe have in common.

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