May 5 is International Day of the Midwife. Midwives work hard every day to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care they deserve. Today we celebrate all that midwives do for the wellbeing of women and children around the world.
At Adara we know at first hand that skilled midwives, given the equipment and support they need, can spell the difference between life and death for thousands of women – and many more infants – each year. This year we are sharing the story of Kabasomi Sharon, one of the rising stars at Kiwoko Hospital…
“My name is Kabasomi Sharon. I am 24 years old and come from western Uganda. I work at Kiwoko Hospital as a midwife in the antenatal department.
I was inspired to become a midwife by the work of my grandmother, who I grew up with. She was a traditional birth attendant and helped pregnant mothers in the community with deliveries from home. I decided to study midwifery so as to carry on her work, as she had grown very old.
I have now worked at Kiwoko Hospital for one year and eight months. I was connected to the hospital by a friend who was already working there. I applied, did my interviews, successfully passed and was hired.
Working in a rural area like Kiwoko can sometimes be very challenging. Most of the mothers in rural areas have financial problems and find it difficult to pay for transport to the hospital. Also, sometimes women might require a few investigations, and even though these are low cost they can’t afford them. So they may not come to the hospital for the care they need. As midwife I find this hard: I always want to provide services to everyone.
There is also a challenge in that the high-quality care we offer at Kiwoko Hospital has attracted more women to come to give birth here. As a result, patient–midwife ratios are very high, which makes our workload heavy.
Despite these challenges, I am happy to be a midwife. I think midwives are important because they help to save the lives of mothers and their babies. The birthrate in Nakaseke district is so high and women really need the help of midwives for antenatal and maternal care.
Recently a mother came for antenatal care complaining of a ‘heavy pregnancy’. On examining her, we discovered she was carrying triplets – she was not aware of it! She also had a candida infection. With the support of her husband, she received treatment and gave birth to three happy, healthy babies! I saw them recently when they were brought back for immunisation, and they were bouncing with increasing weight!
Working at Kiwoko is an incredible experience. I learn so much every day. Kiwoko Hospital treats a great many patients, which gives me the opportunity to improve my skills and gain more knowledge of midwifery.”