Laxmi Tamang makes a very good point in her article ‘Unkindest cut’ published in The Kathmandu Post (today 31 July 2016) about the lack of midwifery in Nepal. Midwifery is a profession independent from nursing, whereas nursing overwhelmingly deals with sick patients, midwifery deals with predominantly healthy pregnant women and women in labour. Pregnancy and childbirth are not an illness! We stated a few years ago that: ‘Nepal needs midwifery’ (see http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JMMIHS/article/view/9907).
Prof. Edwin Roland van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, UK