The Safe Passages Program provides training and resource assistance to improve the level of maternal and newborn care. We teach on-site and through a distance learning platforms, the skills necessary to recognize and treat obstetrical complications that lead to maternal and newborn deaths. These complications include obstructed labor, post-partum hemorrhage, hypertensive diseases (preeclampsia/eclampsia), infection, preterm labor, prevention of mother and child transmission of HIV, newborn asphyxia and neonatal sepsis. We emphasize a team centered approach to care and moral and ethical dimensions of maternal health care. We believe every woman and baby should be entitled to a “safe passage,” a pregnancy and birth free of death, serious injury and HIV infection.