All posts tagged: Midwives

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Knowledge and Perception about Family Planning by Women in Uganda

Blog post by Sylvester Nnyombi, Content Guru, Reach A Hand, Uganda Phoebe Nabaweesa* was 22 years when she decided to try a family planning option mid last year. She zeroed in on the injection primarily because she had observed its impact on her best friend for quite some time. Most of which was positive- at least as far as she was concerned. Phoebe’s friend had a good appetite, gained weight and was having sex without getting pregnant. Phoebe went to a clinic in Konge, one of the suburbs of Kampala, with a preset mind to receive the injection. Parting with 4,000UGX (Approx. $1) she received it, and that’s when all hell broke loose. “I had a constant flow of blood from the time I got the injection. It was like having my period every day for three months!” the 23-year old factory worker in Konge narrates. Having seen the blood flow for a month, she returned to the health facility, this time seeking medical attention. The attendants tactfully told her that the body needed time to get …

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White Ribbon Alliance: Passionate Citizens Changing Communities

Girls’ Globe bloggers have had the opportunity to meet with and speak to Midwives and Citizen Journalists from Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe, who are working with White Ribbon Alliance to strengthen the rights and health of women and children, and to change communities so that they thrive. Caroline Maposhere, Zimbabwe Caroline Maposhere is a Registered Nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counseling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI people. Caroline has vast training experience including being US Peace Corps Pre service Technical Trainer in more than 10 countries. She is well-known as “Aunty” on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for White Ribbon Alliance Zimbabwe. Elman Nsinda, Uganda A journalist and advocate for women’s and children’s health and rights, Elman Nsinda has been involved in safe motherhood advocacy campaigns across the Uganda …

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#11 – Maternal Health in Tanzania: Inside Maternity Africa

Welcome back to The Mom Pod! After a brief summer break, we are excited to continue with our podcast series and continue to bring you interesting, sincere and thought provoking podcasts on all things related to pregnancy, motherhood, parenthood and babies around the world! Starting from today, our new episodes will now air every other week on Mondays – to mark the important #MaternalMonday advocacy campaign by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. The #MaternalMonday social media campaign brings awareness to the importance of ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery for mothers and babies everywhere in the world. To participate, head over to Twitter, follow @Maternal_Monday and join the conversation with the hashtag #MaternalMonday, or visit their website to learn more. In this episode of The Mom Pod, we take a closer look at the state of maternal health and midwifery in one particular African country: Tanzania. I had the pleasure to visit a great organization, Maternity Africa, based in the Selian hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, where I interviewed a few of their midwives and nurses about …

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Challenging Old Truths: Putting Research into Practice

“Knowledge is power and we need that power to change practice”. With those strong words, keynote speaker professor Cecily Begley,  Chair of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin, started off the second day of the Nordic Midwifery Congress (NJF). Her message was clear: the work of midwives must be evidence-based and reflect on the interventions that they carry out on a daily basis.” Evidence-based practice is the key to excellent midwifery-care” Cecily Begley stated and encouraged everyone in the audience to reflect on what future midwifes will say 20 years from now about today’s midwifery-practice. Looking back at this year NJF Congress, I am struck by how wide and varied the field of midwifery is. The presentations during the three-day Congress have covered subjects from how to manage postpartum hemorrhage to describing Danish first time fathers perceptions of the postpartum body. The congress is a great opportunity for professionals to meet and discuss how new research may be implemented in their own workplaces. The Congress has also given me a painful insight into how unequal maternal healthcare is worldwide.  While the Nordic countries face problems such as an overuse …

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Universal Access to Midwives is a Human Right

“I think, the need during pregnancy, birth-giving, when you have an unintended pregnancy and the need for you to choose yourself when and if to have a family, is universal. And equal access to evidence-based care is a human right,” says Marie Klingberg-Allvin, who has spent the last fifteen years as a midwife and conducting research on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low-resource settings. In her keynote speech at the Nordic Midwifery Congress, Marie Klingberg-Allvin mentioned the fact that there are still 300,000 maternal deaths, 2.1 million newborn deaths, and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur every year. These deaths are preventable and if every woman had access to sexual and reproductive health care and services, including contraception and safe and legal abortion, and evidence-based maternal health care through a midwife and emergency obstetric care, most of these deaths could be prevented. Listen to her explain the linkages between midwives and human rights.   Girls’ Globe is at the NJF Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. Follow the conversations here on girlsglobe.org and through the hashtag …

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Overmedicalization of Childbirth is a Breach of Women’s Human Rights

Professor Cecily Begley opened the second day of the Nordic Midwifery Congress with a challenging speech, asking the midwives in the audience what they will be criticized for when women and health professionals look back at them in 30 years time. Yet, Begley shared heartwarming research results showing the importance of evidence-based, natural, midwifery care during childbirth. Begley mentioned that medicalization in childbirth is a growing problem everywhere, and although the Nordic countries have lower levels of C-sections and instrumental vaginal deliveries, there is still a rising trend, which needs to be halted. She inspired the sea of midwives from Nordic countries and beyond to use the latest research in their work and to share it with their colleagues. She also mentioned the importance of informing and educating women, so that we, together, can improve childbirth practices for all women in our communities. I had the privilege to speak with Cecily Begley after her keynote address. After our interview she also asked me about my birth story and left me encouraged and told me that if I ever have …

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Nordic Midwifery Congress Tackles Challenges and Unites for Action

The Nordic Midwifery Congress 2016 opened with more than 800 midwives from the whole Nordic region and beyond, gathering together to share research, best practices, experiences and inspiration. Leaders in midwifery, sexual, reproductive and maternal health opened the Congress. Girls’ Globe had the opportunity to speak with them directly. The Presidents of Midwives united in the messages to empower midwives to take action. “There is no place for complacency” said Frances Day-Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives, and the Keynote Speaker at the opening of the congress. Girls’ Globe had the opportunity to speak with these inspirational leaders. Mia Ahlberg, President of the Swedish Midwives Association   Hildur Kristjánsdóttir, President of the Nordic Federation of Midwives   Frances Day-Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives   Kristina Ljungros, President of RFSU   Girls’ Globe is at the NJF Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. Follow the conversations here on girlsglobe.org and through the hashtag #midwives4all on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more through the following links: NJF Congress, 2016 The Swedish Association of Midwives Midwives4all

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How Can Midwives Support Overweight Pregnant Women?

The first day of the Nordic Midwifery Congress in Gothenburg is complete. Health during pregnancy has been one of many subjects discussed and I had the privilege to be in the audience during this seminar. Overweight during pregnancy is a risk factor and presenters spoke about this growing problem in Sweden and the other Nordic countries. Overweight during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for both the mothers and child. It’s a risk for developing preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, increased emergency Caesarian sections and stillbirths. These risks increase with an increased BMI. One of the speakers, Anna Dencker, talked about Mighty Mums, which is a project in East Gothenburg that was started to help overweight pregnant women. The study presented was a follow-up of what had been helpful for these mothers. The women in the study have had a BMI of 30 or more during their pregnancy 3 years earlier. What they found were that during pregnancy, women are more motivated for making healthy changes. The main motivation is the child. Most pregnant women want to give their child the best …

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Midwives: With Women, For Women

“To work as a midwife is not a human right. Women’s right to health care is.” This was said by Kristina Ljungros, President of RFSU, during her speech at the opening ceremony of the NJF Congress in Gothenburg. To work as a midwife involves a responsibility to work for women’s rights, no matter what. That includes listening to them and taking an interest in what women want. The five Nordic countries tops the list for the best places to be a mother. That being said, we still face challenges in the health care that we provide for women. When the birth clinic BB Sophia in Stockholm closes down in one week, many women are left uncertain of where to go on the day they go into labour. Due to the lack of hospital beds in the labour wards in Gothenburg, women are being addressed to clinics in other cities. This is unacceptable, women have the right to know where they are going to give birth. As Hildur Kristjánsdóttir, President of NJF, also pointed out during her …