Celebrating Midwifery in Malawi

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Seed Global Health supported our partners in celebrating International Day of the Midwife on May 19 in Blantyre, Malawi. Under the theme “Together Again: From Evidence to Reality,” the event included Ministry of Health Deputy Director for Nursing and Midwifery Education Emily Gamaand and other senior officials from the Ministry of Health, associations, and training institutions. 

Midwives from the midwifery-led ward at Limbe Health Center, a Seed partner, demonstrate dynamic birthing positions at the celebrations. Dynamic birthing positions reduce tearing and promote safer births.

At the celebration, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (NMCM) recognized several hospitals as centers of excellence in patient care and also recognized training institutions for meeting accreditation standards. Seed partner St. John of God College of Health Sciences was recognized for meeting NMCM accreditation standards – a huge achievement!

A student midwife from Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), a Seed partner, demonstrates how to put a baby in the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) position. KMC is is a lifesaving method of care for preterm infants, involving them being carried with skin-to-skin contact.

One week prior to the event, and with support from Seed, the Association of Malawian Midwives’ membership provided sexual and reproductive health services to women who have been displaced by Cyclone Freddy and are living in temporary camps. The Association also distributed birth preparedness kits to pregnant women living in camps. The kits include cloth wraps, plastic basins, flashlights, bar soap, and baby hats, socks, and diapers.

Happy International Day of the Midwife 2023!

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