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What A Midwife Wishes People Knew About Her Job

In many countries, midwives get little respect. Selamawit Lake Fenta of Ethiopia tells why she is proud of her profession — and how she's advancing rights for midwives.
Selamawit Lake Fenta of Ethiopia was named one of five midwife champions this year by the International Confederation of Midwives. Source: Selamawit Lake Fenta

Selamawit Lake Fenta, a midwife from Ethiopia, would like to change a lot of things about her profession — including its name in her country.

And she has made an impact in another crusade: fair pay.

This week, Fenta was one of five midwife champions selected by the for the International Day of the Midwife on May 5. The group picked the five from nominations submitted by members from 122 countries. The goal was to honor midwives who've made an impact in their

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