May 2017

International Day of the Midwife

Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Friday 5th May 2017

Today, 5th May, is International Day of the Midwife. We celebrate the dedication of midwives across the world that work tirelessly to make childbirth safer. 

Proper maternal care is often taken for granted in the developed world, yet many women in Ethiopia do not have access to even the most basic care during and after their pregnancies. In Ethiopia there are an estimated 39,000 women currently dealing with obstetric fistula, and another 3,700 women who develop the condition each year. This debilitating, and often stigmatised condition is easily preventable with the right medical care during labour, something a well trained midwife will provide. Our obstetric fistula prevention projects work closely with midwives, doctors and health extension workers to make sure that woman who are affected by fistula are treated for the condition and educated on good maternal health practices.


We support and work closely with the Hamlin College of Midwives, which, through a progressive and rigorous curriculum, train midwives to work autonomously throughout Ethiopia. The course equips midwives with the skills and knowledge to go back to their own communities and confidently and consistently provide labour and delivery services, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, HIV/AIDS counselling, record keeping and medical administration.



We also support the Safe Motherhood Ambassadors programme which trains former fistula suffers to educate other women and their communities about fistula to increase awareness of the condition and encourage sufferers to seek help. 

To read more about how we support mothers and midwives click here. With your help we can continue supporting midwives across Ethiopia.

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