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Midwives to share life-saving skills in Nepal

11 Oct 2010 12:00:22

Four midwives from Rotherham Hospital are set to pass on essential life-saving skills in remote areas of Nepal.

A photograph of Joanne, Emma, Mandy and Carole our midwives who are going to Nepal.Their flights are booked, they’ve had their jabs and now Emma Carver, Joanne Lancashire, Mandy Barnes and Carole Fennell are ready to spend two weeks helping locals plan emergency delivery and maternity care.

Joanne says: “In Nepal maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Whilst they have a team of women committed to looking after mothers and babies, this team has only had basic training. They aren’t midwives so they don’t have all the skills and experience we have through
our training and working at the Trust. We will be mentoring about 20 women who are based in remote villages where they have limited access to medicine or life-saving equipment. Even with fewer facilities, with the right training you can be better prepared for the unexpected - so we want to share the knowledge we’ve gained over the years to help them deal with difficult and  potentially dangerous situations.”

“Villagers rely on these women for all their medical needs, so they become a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’ with little specific maternity experience,”  explains Emma. “There is a labour unit at the hospital in Kathmandu, but most women live in isolated areas and will end up giving birth in their local village.
Healthcare workers provide vital support, but when things go wrong they don’t have the emergency equipment you find in a hospital, which places patients’ at higher risk of complications. We are taking equipment with us, including manikins, a life-sized anatomical human model, to help demonstrate the management of some of the common emergency situations that may arise.”

Joanne, Emma, Carole and Mandy have a packed schedule from the moment they touch down in Nepal and will be tested physically during their trip when they trek to the local villages. Joanne said “Some of the villages are quite far away and we’ll be trekking for more than seven hours at a time. It will be
tiring, but it will also be a truly rewarding experience to spend time with local people and meet the communities they live in. This is a really exciting opportunity and we are all looking forward to going out there and making a real

The group have raised money for the trip themselves and are also are being supported by the charity PHASE Worldwide which works with people in Nepal to improve basic living standards like healthcare, education and road transport.