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Tag: Midwives

The Gift of a Trusted Companion in Labour

The power of ONE to transform maternal health care. When a woman has access to a trusted companion, her childbirth experience and maternal health outcomes improve. A recent article from the World Health Organisation (WHO) strongly reiterated the need for women to have a chosen companion during labour and childbirth, even in the midst of […]...

November 26th, 2020 Read More

Preventing Fistula: A Hamlin Success Story

It only takes one midwife to transform a community; each Hamlin Midwife is a success story. Hamlin Midwives prevent obstetric fistulas from occurring by providing quality perinatal and postnatal care to women in rural Ethiopia. Because a Hamlin Midwife was present, hundreds of thousands of successful births have taken place in Ethiopia. As such, Hamlin […]...

November 12th, 2020 Read More

One Woman: Neima

Name: Neima Age: Unknown Home village: Dogu, East Ethiopia Growing up in a remote, mountainous part of Ethiopia, Neima had no access to medical care during her pregnancy. Like her mother, she planned to deliver at home, however her labour was excruciating and unending. After two days of pushing, Neima was carried on a homemade […]...

November 2nd, 2020 Read More

One Midwife: Mahlet

Name: Mahlet Age: 27 Home village: Merawi, North Ethiopia Growing up in a rural village in Northern Ethiopia, Mahlet was always a hard worker. Thanks to her outstanding results in high school, she received a scholarship to study midwifery for four years at the Hamlin College of Midwives in 2012. As a centre of excellence […]...

November 2nd, 2020 Read More

Maternal Health and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed extraordinary strain on health systems across the globe and disrupted essential maternal services. For too many women, access to potential life saving perinatal and postnatal care is a challenge as countries redirect health resources to tackle COVID-19. The impact of COVID-19 on maternal health The impact of the pandemic on […]...

September 16th, 2020 Read More

Studying Midwifery During a Pandemic

Like millions of students around the globe, Rahmet’s studies have looked a little different this year; through emails, online discussion boards, and phone calls, the third year midwifery student has been continuing her studies from home during a nation-wide lockdown. The new normal In March, following the announcement of the Ethiopian government’s measures to combat […]...

September 15th, 2020 Read More

A Midwife for Every Woman

The difference between life and death The best solution to eradicate fistulas is to prevent them occurring in the first place. The Hamlins’ original plan for working in Ethiopia was to train midwives so that all women would have access to a clean, safe birth. In 2007, Dr. Catherine returned to her original vision with […]...

July 27th, 2020 Read More

Hayat: a Hamlin Midwife’s Journey

An outstanding student becomes an outstanding midwife For Hayat Tesfaye, the Hamlin College of Midwives is more than just a place to study midwifery – it’s a place where young students grow and make memories to last a lifetime. Hayat, a Hamlin midwife, recalls the four years she spent at the college fondly: “all of it was […]...

July 26th, 2020 Read More

Hamlin Midwives Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Skilled midwives are the difference between life and death, the difference between healthy mothers and horrendous fistula injuries and often they are also the difference between healthy babies and those born with HIV. The Hamlin College of Midwives was established in 2007. For more than a decade now, Hamlin has worked with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and Regional […]...

July 6th, 2020 Read More

International Day of the Midwife

Today is the International Day of the Midwife; for the Hamlin Team, it is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Hamlin Midwives do each year. Each week, midwives at over 50 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics deliver around 600 babies and undertake more than 1400 antenatal care visits and more than 500 postnatal visits. Skilled […]...

May 4th, 2020 Read More

2020: International Year of the Midwife

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Through this designation, the WHO is recognising the work of the world’s 22 million nurses and two million midwives, including the life-saving work of midwives in Ethiopia. Prevention – through the work of Hamlin Midwives – is […]...

January 8th, 2020 Read More

Hamlin’s Prevention Program: 2019

The Hamlin Prevention Program continued to see success in 2019 with Hamlin midwives in particular making an enormous impact on the Ethiopian maternal healthcare landscape. Training midwives is essential to achieving Dr Catherine Hamlin’s goal of eradicating fistula forever. Given that just 3 in 10 women in Ethiopia have access to medical care during their […]...

December 13th, 2019 Read More