Catherine Hamlin opened the Hamlin College of Midwives in 2007. Her goal is to train enough midwives for every village in rural Ethiopia, prevent fistula injuries and bring an end to obstetric fistula forever.
One such woman enrolled in the college is Hindiya. Hindiya is a Hamlin Midwife working in a rural health clinic. She was the first trained midwife in the area. Before Hindiya arrived, the local people were suspicious of medical intervention during labour, preferring to give birth at home. Hindiya has built trust with the community over the last four years and now, delivery numbers at the clinic have tripled, while birthing injuries have significantly decreased.
“I would like to thank Hamlin College of Midwives for its high quality training and providing me with the opportunity to serve my people. I would also encourage those young girls studying midwifery at the college to study hard. Let’s realise Dr Catherine’s dream of ‘a midwife for every woman’.”Hindiya