Iran

Elham Shirvani, Leila Mostofi, and Narjes Shiraghaei

Elham Shirvani is an Iranian midwife who entered to the world of midwifery around 1988. A direct entry midwife with a B.S. in midwifey from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, she has worked in hospitals and clinics and now has a private office in Tehran in which she gives prenatal care services.

Leila Mostofi holds a Bachelor of Specialized Midwifery and, with others, is working to empower mothers, midwives and doulas for physiologic birth in Tehran hospitals, developing programs that include waterbirth, prenatal exercise and antenatal parenting classes, and arranges workshops to teach different birth positions.

Leila works in Alwasl Hospital, the biggest maternity governmental hospital in UAE which is specialized only for maternity and pediatrics. Leila works in the labour suite as one of only four specialized midwives. She plans to expand breastfeeding awareness in hospital. Leila speaks English, Arabic and Farsi.

Narjes Shiraghaei is an Iranian midwife and currently head of the midwifery association in Mazandaran province. Narjes is an activist and is passionate about women’s health and rights. She is determined to continue helping Iranian women by raising awareness about women’s health and related issues.

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