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Gaza Ceasefire needed to protect women and babies

08 May 2024

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) supports the International Confederation of Midwives call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in view of the humanitarian crisis which is predominantly affecting women and children including pregnant women, mothers, babies and also midwives. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), over 33,000 people have been killed since October 2023, 70% of whom are women and children. 

According to the UNFPA, there has been a surge in premature births and low birth weights, as well as in caesarean sections, happening in perilous conditions often without access to basic supplies, all due to the fear and danger women face every day, and a lack of food and water. Miscarriages have increased by 300%. All but three maternity hospitals have been destroyed or closed, and those that are open are overwhelmed with demand. 

The only way to protect the lives of women, newborns, midwives and health workers is to come together and demand a ceasefire, and implementation of a longer-term peace plan.’  

ACM joins with other international ICM membership organisations to call for: 

    • an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and release of all hostages,   
    • an immediate end to the attacks on hospitals in Gaza,    
    • the protection of health staff, patients and civilians, including midwives,   
    • the establishment of reliable entry points for relief supplies and humanitarian aid,   
    • immediate action to protect, promote and respect the right to life, health and dignity.   

Statement Calling for an Immediate Ceasefire in Palestine | International Confederation of Midwives ( 



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