Mother Health International (MHI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in the United States and birth centers in Haiti, Senegal, and Uganda. It directed by Rachel Zaslow and Olivia Augusta. The Ot Nywal Me Kuch birth center in Uganda is staffed by four traditional Ugandan midwives, all of whom are Christians, and a rotating staff of international midwives who typically come for two or more months to serve Ugandan women in childbirth. The MHI birth center in Uganda is located near Atiak in northern Uganda, a rural area where families have little access to other skilled medical care. As of 2013, the birth center has been in existence on site for six years. It has become the primary provider of midwifery care in this area. The MHI birth center has never lost a mother and has neonatal mortality rates comparable to the developed world. MHI is making a significant difference in maternal and neonatal health through provision of midwifery care in this area of Uganda.
Jane Beal, Christian Midwife In the summer of 2013, I went to the MHI birth center in Uganda to serve as a midwife. I provided or assisted in the provision of comprehensive prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care for women and newborns in Acholiland in rural, northern Uganda. This experience included normal, healthy birth as well as vaginissimus, meconium-stained amniotic fluid, nuchal cords, nuchal hands, asynclitic cephalic presentation, shoulder dystocia, tears (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree), post-partum hemorrhage, inter-uterine fetal demise, stillbirth, and successful neonatal resuscitation. Alongside a CPM and CNM, I have also diagnosed and/or treated dehydration, UTI, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, malaria, and HIV. I gained this experience in a cross-cultural context: living in a mud hut, eating the local diet, and learning to speak Acholi.
Resources 1) Uganda’s Maternal Mortality Rate Reduces: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/634331-Uganda-s-maternal-mortality-ratio-reduces.html
2) Maternal Mortality Rate Rises in Uganda: http://www.figo.org/news/maternal-mortality-rate-uganda-rises-0011102
3) Situation Analysis of Newborn Health in Uganda: http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/sites/default/files/resources/ Situation%20Analysis%20of%20Newborn%20health%20in%20Uganda.pdf
“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them,
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Jesus (Luke 18:16)