The New England Journal of Medicine put out a terrific article today on the progress (or lack thereof) that’s been made in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Goals 4 and 5 have to do with reducing mortality in children under the age of five and reducing maternal mortality during childbirth. While there have been some promising developments in a number of countries, many countries have fallen far short in these areas. It’s a great - if sobering - read and I encourage you to check it out for yourself here. If you’re interested in learning more about Goals 4 & 5, look here and here.
An article by Timora McQueen in the Huffington Post today highlighted the issue of PTSD as it applies to women who have suffered trauma during childbirth. It’s an issue that hasn’t received much attention and Ms. McQueen puts a human face on a real problem that many women who suffer postpartum hemorrhage or other birth-related traumas may suffer from. Ms. McQueen stated: “I hope that by sharing my story, I can help bring some (much needed) attention to maternal health, PTSD and how the two can go hand-in-hand. Motherhood, in general, can be a very isolating experience, but when you suffer a trauma as a result of becoming a mother, it can be incredibly lonely. When I heard Christy Turlington Burns tell her story, I knew I was not alone. There are so many women who have experienced a traumatic birth and are looking for someone to talk to — preferably, someone with a similar experience!…Through therapy, I have learned that connecting with other women and sharing my story helps with my recovery. I have learned that it is okay to talk about my feelings and that they are honest and normal. Many women are embarrassed or fearful of being labeled “crazy” or “dramatic,” or “unhappy in motherhood,” which can cause them to avoid discussing their mental and emotional anguish. I hope that those who have experienced birth trauma (or trauma of any kind) do not let the stigma of having a mental health issue prevent you from seeking professional treatment or sharing your feelings with a close friend or relative. If we want our government and health leaders to engage in a real and candid dialogue about maternal health and PTSD to provide more public awareness and education, it is up to us to do the same. Pregnancy and childbirth are unique and beautiful experiences. Talking about complications during this special time in a woman’s life is uncomfortable, but the more we educate ourselves and discuss these issues, the more lives we can potentially save.”
Such a positive message about how women can work together and share their experiences to improve health outcomes. Check out the full article here.
Women Who Are Physically Active During Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain Development
There was a fascinating article in the New York Times today about a Canadian study on how a mother’s physical activity during pregnancy may boost brain development for her baby. If you don’t happen to have a subscription, here’s an excerpt of the article. Enjoy!
November 17th marked the 3rd annual World Prematurity Day- a day for us to reflect on how we can work to prevent premature births. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for babies in the first months of their lives; over 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks each year and over 1 million die before they reach one month.
The sad thing is, in many cases, treatment is available but practices haven’t evolved to put treatment options into action. Around 75 percent of premature babies who don’t survive could likely have been saved by low cost treatments such as antenatal steroids to speed up development of their lungs and direct skin-to-skin contact with their mother immediately after birth to keep them warm. Many practitioners around the world haven’t been adequately trained in these practices- a situation we hope can be remedied.
If you’re interested in learning more about World Prematurity Day or about statistics on premature births, please check out the March of Dimes website for additional information.
Saving Mothers’ Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Dr. Erin Gertz, Samantha Smith, RN, and a team of volunteer anesthesiologists, nurses, residents, fellows and medical students performed a week of free gynecologic surgeries in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. Check out the photos below:
A patient gives Saving Mothers’ Medical Director, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, a post-operation hug.
Our team was hard at work.
Saving Mothers’ Global Health Fellow, Dr. Erin Gertz, interviews a patient seeking care.
Motherhood in Childhood: New UN Report on Teen Motherhood Around the World
The United Nations released a report today entitled “Motherhood in Childhood” to spotlight the alarming rates of teen pregnancies in the developing world – 7.3 million every year. Of this number, 2 million are to girls 14 and under. Young girls can suffer harmful physical consequences from births their bodies have not yet developed to handle, not to mention the fact that giving birth and caring for a child often puts an end to their educations. The report urges governments to prioritize ending teen motherhood by increasing funding and working to change societal norms that place blame on young women for becoming pregnant.
In case you hadn’t heard, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by Taliban members on her way home from school, was awarded the Children’s Peace Prize today. The Children’s Peace Prize is awarded each year by a Dutch foundation to honor the achievements of an inspirational child activist. Malala has worked tirelessly to promote education for girls all the world over; her strength and bravery are truly inspirational. So exciting to see her recognized for what she has accomplished at such a young age!
CDC Reports Decline in Rates of Childhood Obesity in the US
Today the Centers for Disease Control released a report that reveals promising signs with regards to rates of childhood obesity in the US. For the first time in years, there is evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity. Curbing childhood obesity has been a serious challenge in the US for decades; according to the CDC, preschoolers who are overweight or obese are five times as likely as other children to be overweight or obese as adults, making them more likely to develop serious long term health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. The recently published report shows that among low-income preschoolers, obesity rates declined slightly in 19 of 43 states and territories, remained constant in 21 states, and increased slightly in 3 states.
Still, while it’s exciting to see that some progress is being made, childhood obesity is still a major issue. Approximately 12% of preschoolers are obese (1 in 8) and the numbers are worse for African American and Hispanic children: about 1 in 5 (19%) African American children and 1 in 6 (16%) Hispanic children between the ages of 2 and 5 are obese. As First Lady Michelle Obama stated, "While this announcement reflects important progress, we also know that there is tremendous work still to be done to support healthy futures for all our children."
It seems everyone has been going crazy the past few days over the birth of baby George, Prince of Cambridge. While the birth of a healthy baby boy is certainly cause for excitement, the Huffington Post also ran an article about some serious maternal and infant health issues and provided links for how you can get involved. The list includes maternal death, fistula, death from preventable disease, and transmission of HIV from mother to child at birth. It’s a somber reminder that while the birth of a new baby should be cause for nothing but joy, this isn’t the case for many women around the world. Take a look at the article and see if there are some ways you might want to get involved in improving maternal health today!
Last week, Remy Wamala Kasule - a senior Ugandan parliament employee - died in childbirth at the International Hospital Kampala (IHK). Ms. Kasule was 36 and a mother of four. The reports are harrowing- that Ms. Kasule requested a c-section and was denied; that she began to hemorrhage; that she was rushed into surgery after she had fallen into a coma; that the hospital failed to give her enough blood. Though the hospital has denied that it was reckless, Parliamentary officials believe otherwise. It is a terrible tragedy, a death that never should have happened. It is also a reminder to us at Saving Mothers of why we do the work that we do and a reminder of how far we have yet to go.
If you’d like to read more about Ms. Kasule, this article contains some information, as does this one.
Around the Globe for Women's Health and a Q&A with Taraneh Shirazian
Just last week, “Around the Globe for Women’s Health: A practical guide for the health care provider" was released. The book was edited by Saving Mothers’ Medical Director Taraneh Shirazian, with contributions by our Global Health Fellow Erin Gertz and President Nichole Young-Lin.* It’s a great example of what Saving Mothers staff has been doing to prepare health care providers for work in the field and we hope you’ll head over to Amazon to check it out! In addition, Taraneh was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about her background and the impetus for her involvement with Saving Mothers and "Around the Globe for Women’s Health." Enjoy!
1: Can you tell us a bit about your background? How did you get interested in medicine, specifically women’s health?
I am a practicing faculty ob/gyn at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York city, and the Director of Global Health for the Department. I got interested in medicine as a high school student volunteering in the women and infant’s ward at my local hospital and specifically interested in women’s health when I developed a community outreach program at Brown as a college student. I called this programThe Interpreter’s Aide Program and it addressed the lack of interpretation services present at Rhode Island Hospital at that time, and the issues underserved women in the community faced trying to negotiate cross-cultural medical concerns while trying to obtain good health.
2: How did you become involved with Saving Mothers? Can you tell us about the work you do for the organization?
I started the organization with Nichole Young-Lin in 2009 and currently serve as the Medical Director. In that capacity, I oversee and develop all of our medical and community outreach programs. We currently have women’s health programs multiple countries as well as an obesity and pregnancy program here in the US.
3: Can you talk a little about “Around the Globe for Women’s Health”? Where did you get the idea to work on this project? How long did it take you and what was the process like? Who do you see as the intended audience?
I am excited about the handbook “Around the Globe for Women’s Health” because it is intended to fill a void in preparing women’s health providers for work abroad. I was approached by the Springer book publishing company at the national Ob/Gyn meeting a few years ago and asked to serve as the editor of this handbook. The process has taken quite a while, we’ve had multiple contributing authors with experience in Global health write chapters for the book. The book covers everything from maternal mortality to anesthesia care and is meant to prepare volunteers for the ethical and cultural challenges they will face as women’s health providers in underserved areas. The intended audience is nurses, midwives, medical students, physicians and really anyone interested in Global women’s health care and the issues involved in working abroad.
4: What are the changes in maternal health practices you hope to see over the next 5-10 years? Do you think such changes are realistic?
The biggest change I hope to see is a sharp decline in the maternal mortality rate. Too many women die in labor and delivery around the world. This is really a human right’s violation and is completely unacceptable. Saving Mothers has been trying to do its part to develop programs that will improve care provided for women and make a dent in the staggering death rates facing women in many low-resource areas.
*Proceeds from sales of this book will not go to Saving Mothers
Saving Mothers Lifestyle Modification Program: Bollywood Edition!
Saving Mothers continues to motivate, interest, and educate pregnant women on healthy lifestyle choices through our Lifestyle Modification Program.
Held at Mount Sinai’s OB/GYN clinic, this innovative program encourages overweight women, who at greater risk for operative deliveries and pregnancy-related diseases, to learn to make smarter and healthier decisions through fun and unique educational programming.
This time around, in an effort to highlight the importance of regular exercise, volunteers from Boston-based BOLLYX Fitness offered free dance classes for our pregnant mothers. This Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness class focuses on cardio exercise and isometric strength-training. Plus, it teaches patients that you can break a sweat and have fun at the same time!
BOLLYX co-founder Minal Mehta: “It was a thrill to bring a new cultural experience and promote healthy habits and fitness to the patients in the [Saving Mothers] LMP. Bollywood is all about expressing your inner joy, and it was rewarding to see the program participants’ faces light up to the music and dance.”
Saving Mothers President Nichole Young-Lin and BOLLYX Co-Founder Minal Mehta pointing us in the right direction.
Thank you to BOLLYX and all of our program volunteers for helping our pregnant women stay healthy and happy during this special time in their lives!
Women Deliver is an advocacy group that attempts to bring attention to the issue of women’s health and well-being around the globe. This week, from May 28-30, they’re hosting their 3rd Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Maternal health is a huge focus for the group, which is one of the reasons we wanted to share some information about this Conference here on the Saving Mothers blog.
Please take a minute to check out Women Deliver’s website- there’s all kinds of terrific information about the conference (speakers, participants, side events) as well as information about how the organization has worked to raise awareness for women’s health all around the world. This organization has really done an incredible job of reaching out and facilitating the partnerships that are necessary to improve global conditions for women and moving the dialogue forward.
We’ll be tweeting/Facebooking about some of the topics to come out of this conference over the next few days, so keep checking in!
Our Saving Mothers Lifestyle Modification Program kicked off a new series of events at Mount Sinai’s Prenatal Clinic entitled Small Changes that Make a Big Difference. Many patients of this clinic population have an above-average body mass index (BMI) and are at risk for developing medical complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia. To combat this issue, Saving Mothers volunteers mentor these pregnant women, specifically obese patients, on how lifestyle changes can help them achieve a healthy target weight.
At our most recent event, we provided nutrition information and samples of the healthier options offered at local fast food restaurants. Based on socioeconomic factors and their busy lives, we understand that many clinic patients can’t avoid dining at McDonalds, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts. But we hope with a little education and modification, our patients can make the big changes they need to live healthier lives for themselves and their children.
Thank you for supporting our Spin to Save Mothers Charity Ride
On May 4th, Saving Mothers hosted a charity ride @ Soul Cycle’s NOHO studio. Instructor Jolie Walsh lead our Saving Mothers cyclists as more than 60 riders spun to support mothers and women around the world. Her inspirational words and energizing music enabled for this 45 minute cardio party to touch everyone both physically and mentally, which was evident by both the sweat and smiles of our riders.
We’d like to thank our sponsors Lululemon, Neuro drinks, InStyle magazine, Zico coconut water, and Calvin Klein fragrances who donated products for our event’s gift bags. Special thanks go out to Jolie Walsh (instructor), Bianna Golodryga (for helping coordinate), Soul Cycle, our riders and everyone who supported our event for making it a huge success. We raised a total of $8400 and everyone had tons of fun doing it! Huge thanks for everyone who made this an awesome event!
Still want to donate? Click here and you can still our event today!
Have you heard of Impatient Optimists? It’s an offshoot of the Gates Foundation that features the work of the foundation’s partners regarding health, alleviation of poverty, and other important social issues. It’s a pretty cool site and this week it featured a discussion of the Global Newborn Health Conference that recently took place in South Africa. It’s terrific to see organizations like the Gates Foundation, USAID, UNICEF and the WHO working together to raise awareness of newborn health in the developing world. Take a minute to check out Impatient Optimists and learn a bit more about the work that’s being done to educate the public about improving newborn health!
Mommybites Summit is a unique and fun night-out for New York moms and moms-to-be to come together and mingle at the beautiful New Yorker Hotel where they can shop, schmooze, enjoy free gifts, and hear a guest speakers (including Martha Stewart, Oprah, and GTV guest Andrew Mellen).
Calling all New Yorkers: Tomorrow, Tuesday April 16th, stop off at the Pinkberry in Gramercy (350 3rd Ave btwn 25th & 26th), have yourself a tasty snack, and watch 20% of the proceeds go to Saving Mothers! Just show them this attached photo and YOU CAN HELP US SAVE LIVES!
Pre-Screening in the DR -- a word from our Global Health Fellow
From Dr. Erin Gertz, Saving Mothers Global Health Fellow:
"I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the D.R. 2 weeks ahead of the surgical team in order to see and screen patients in the rural areas where ILAC works. Side-by-side with the Cooperadores, we were able to see 297 patients with gynecologic issues in that short time! Each community welcomed me with open arms and made me as if I was one of their own.
ILAC works with 142 “Cooperadores” - the rural healthcare volunteers chosen by their own community to provide basic healthcare outreach and referral. The Cooperadores also accompany patients from their community to ILAC on the day of surgery, room overnight with the patients, and travel back home with them, while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of post-operative complications.”
Surgical Mission to the Dominican Republic -- A Recap
From March 30th to April 5th, our Saving Mothers surgical team descended on Santiago, DR to screen, treat, and educate 137 different patients. During our week of surgeries, our team performed 42 separate life-saving and completely FREE gynecological procedures on 35 different women, many of whom had never seen a doctor before in their lives.
We worked closely with local health care professionals, showing them new techniques, sharing ideas, and continuing to strengthen the relationship Saving Mothers has built with the Santiago community.
We did our work in the clinic at the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Center, housed at “La Mision” located 7.5 kilometers outside Santiago. Located in the second largest city of the Dominican Republic, the ILAC Center provides numerous opportunities for students and health care professionals to grow personally, professionally and spiritually through service to others. We had two operating rooms going simultaneously, plus several exam rooms and a fully-functioning PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit), which allowed us to treat many women at different stages all at the same time.
We were able to perform more difficult surgeries than on past missions, due to some amazing equipment donated by generous people around the world. Our standouts were our new headlamp, which allowed for MUCH better visibility, and our crown jewel, the cystoscope and monitor provided by STORZ, which we used to provide dozens of cystoscopies for the first time.
We had a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and doing meaningful, life-saving work. The full team in attendance was:
Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Ob/Gyn, Saving Mothers Medical Programs Director; Dr. Erin Gertz, Ob/Gyn SM Global Fellow; Dr. Mamta Mamik, UroGyn; Dr. Salma Rahimi, UroGyn Fellow; Dr. Laura Desrosiers, UroGyn Fellow; Dr. Irene Osborn, Anesthesia; Dr. Andrew Perez, Anesthesia; Dr. Carrie Hamby, Anesthesia Resident; Ingrid Garnes, Registered Nurse; Valerie Davis, Registered Nurse; Samantha Smith, Registered Nurse; Estrelania Williams, Medical Student; Jonah Platt, PR Coordinator
We can’t wait for the chance to go back to the DR to continue working with the amazing people of the Santiago community. Please take a moment to donate now — every single dollar helps us afford to bring health care to women around the globe, and we literally can’t do it without you!
At the end of March, Saving Mothers is returning to the Dominican Republic to continue working with ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) with support from the Platt Foundation.
By working with “cooperadores,” locally trained community health workers, through the ILAC Cooperadores de Salud Education Program Health Outreach Initiative, we will continue to gather health information and screen thousands of people in hard-to-reach rural villages where there is no formal medical care.
In August 2012, the Saving Mothers team trained over 160 cooperadores to screen for prolapse, incontinence, and abnormal pap smears. In October 2012, we returned to perform surgical repairs and to teach local health care providers fundamental skills.
Overall, 119 patients were evaluated and 40 received life-changing surgeries, such as sling procedures and vaginal hysterectomies. Later this month, our cohort of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses will return to perform an even larger number of procedures. Stay tuned to hear updates!
A Shout-Out to SM's Supporters at Kuper Academy High School
At Kuper Academy High School in Montreal, Quebec on the 28th of February the Saving Mothers Kuper Academy Student Chapter held its very first fundraiser!
Following several raising awareness events including a school assembly, an information session and a sign-up meeting for all those interested, we gathered about 15 students and formed the Saving Mothers Kuper Academy Student Chapter. As a group, we raised awareness of worldwide maternal health issues through videos and informative posters that we placed around the school.
For the fundraiser, students and teachers made $1 bets on the birth date and gender of the baby of one of our French teachers, Mme. Florence Dusausoy. After the baby’s birth, prizes will be given to those who made the five most accurate guesses.
The group raised $175 US and is excited about being part of the effort to reduce maternal deaths worldwide.
Saving Mothers Kuper Academy Student Chapter:
Nilufar Mokhtarian, President Dylan Masson, Vice-President Mr. Luigi Discepola, Teacher and supporting member Mme. Florence Dusausoy, Teacher and supporting member Angad Malhotra Harman Malhi Namarta Malhi Mariam Aldulaimy Olivia Ruscito Vanessa De Muy Walid Rankoussi Harjas Mann Alexander Bevacqua Caleb Chang Saleha Lamrani Terrence Serpone Sadhvi Mehta
Notes from the Field: Home Visits in Tzanchaj, Guatemala
Here I go with my lovely friend, Concepcion, and a health educator from PRODESCA. We went on home prenatal and post-partum visits in the rural “aldea,” Tzanchaj. All the women I visited had homebirths with comadronas. The young lady and baby you see here shared my first homebirth experience with me. I was called by Juana, a comadrona, and asked to accompany her to a birth. I quickly packed my “birth bag” and ran out the door. 3 hours later, I am watching her give birth to her first child. The delivery went well and baby was great. I repaired mom’s lacerations with a headlamp and my humble supplies. I visited her 2 weeks later and both were happy and healthy. - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator
This is San Juanerita Clinic in San JUan , La Laguna. Saving Mothers is helping the clinic start a prenatal care program. The woman in the pictures is an auxillary nurse and a comadrona (Mayan birth attendant). Saving Mothers helped Lesbia get her job at the clinic last year as a diabetic health educator and now I have been training her to be the women’s health care provider in this small clinic. Most women here in San Juan deliver at home with their comadronas and rarely get any proper prenatal care. - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator
Juana is the comadrona (mayan midwife). I am following while here for 3 months is Guatemala. I’ve been here for a month now and learning a lot about the opportunities for women and the healthcare system. - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator
My first homebirth here in Santiago, Atitlan. We were in the rural coffee feilds, in a small one room tin roofed house. I had to repair her lacerations with a camping headlight and some sutures and lidocaine…all while sitting cross-legged on her bed . We were to far from any medical facility and I had to respond quickly . Thanks to Saving Mothers’ clean birth kit, all was well! - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator
Below: 1) Coffee feilds in Tzanchaj where I had my first home birth. 2) The house 3) Happy mother and baby!
To tackle maternal mortality, talk to the midwives
The Guardian just ran a great article about how achieving maternal health goals hinges on talking to and working with the people in the field and local communities — the midwives and community health workers who are too often overlooked.
Every day, thousands of community health workers, voluntary groups, teachers, entrepreneurs and civil servants engage in development activities in their own communities. They’re hands on, responding to the needs of their communities – sometimes with the assistance of NGOs and donors, sometimes not. They know what works, because they’re out there doing it; and they know what doesn’t work, because they’ve seen it fail.
There’s a real danger that the post-2015 process – though inspired by the same noble aims as the millennium development goals (MDGs) – will also share their failings. That is to say, they’ll be a set of goals and targets created by distant elites, and they’ll treat people as passive recipients of aid and development. Yet people are tired of being told what they need.
Next month, I’m going to save a mom from dying in childbirth. I am not a doctor, not even a trained paramedic. I don’t plan to make a donation or heroically travel to some impoverished village in some distant and dangerous place to volunteer.
On November 6th for a few brief minutes, I am going to think, act and vote like a global citizen.
This post is by Saving Mothers Medical Director Taraneh Shirazian, MD.
We’ve completed our surgical mission in Dominican Republic, and it was a great success! In just four days, we were able to evaluate 119 patients and perform surgery on 40, providing slings for urinary incontinence, anterior and posterior vaginal wall repairs and more.
Our team of 10 looked forward to each day because we were met with such great enthusiasm from the cooperadoras and the patients. No morning could begin without the daily group prayer, consisting of an oration and prayer songs, and a blessing for all participants.
Members of Saving Mothers’ surgical team.
This was followed by the first surgical cases of the day. And before every new patient was taken into the operating room, there were cheers and cries of joy for the next patient who would get the opportunity to have her medical issues resolved. How could we not look forward to every day in such a joyous environment?
In particular, we were struck by the strong sense of community at the ILAC Medical Center. All of the cooperadoras stuck around to help the medical team with the women waiting to be seen, and to help with the flow of the day. The patients themselves were extremely helpful and grateful to every member of the team for taking an interest in and helping them with their gynecologic concerns.
Women waiting to be evaluated at ILAC.
Throughout the mission, we also worked with physicians at ILAC who were supportive and accommodating of us, providing patients with medications they needed but could not pay for, and clinical evaluations if requested as part of pre-operative evaluations.
Several Ob-Gyn residents and students from the Dominican Republic showed up and participated in the clinical evaluations, and in return, we were able to provide them with some training in the various surgical procedures we were performing. It was wonderful to see this sense of camaraderie in action, and we look forward to continuing to see it on future surgical trips to this site!
Thank you so much again to all of our supporters who donated to make this trip possible. Your contributions made a huge difference for women in the Dominican Republic.
Uganda’s Population Secretariat (POPSEC) has started campaigning to make maternal health a human right. The project, launched on Thursday at Hotel Africana in Kampala, shifts the strategy from merely advocating for maternal health to creating massive awareness that it is, in fact, a human right.
Dr. Betty Kyadondo, the head of the Family Health Department at POPSEC said they hope this will empower all women with knowledge regarding their rights to health. Hopefully, this will exert pressure on the government to respond accordingly.
Submit your nominations for WEGO Health's 2012 Health Activist Awards!
WEGO Health is fielding nominations for its 2012 Health Activist Awards! Now’s your chance to nominate health activists leading the charge online. They may be physicians, nonprofit leaders, website community managers, Twitter moguls, Facebook experts, or amazing bloggers.
It’s time to honor the people who work tirelessly to spread health information and encourage others to become passionate about their health and the state of health care today. After all, they’re the people who really make a difference in how we think about health and how to live well.
Nominations are open for 12 awards honoring everything from excellent Twitter and Facebook feeds, to beautiful websites, to community building, to incredible issue advocacy.
We here at Saving Mothers are thrilled to see this important and often unsung category of health workers get the recognition they deserve.
We recently got a dispatch from Liberia Program manager Kiran Chawla updating us on what she’s been up to in the field. Kiran is an assistant professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Maryland, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have her supervising our operations in Liberia. She’s been involved in several projects:
1) Teaching and training ultrasound technique (transvaginal and transabdominal). Working closely with and providing hands-on support to the facility’s single ultrasound technician, who is also the head of the OBGYN hospital.
2) Teaching and training new interns. Relaying the basics of obstetrics management to skilled students eager to learn. Kiran has 3 interns on her service and is teaching them the basics of making rounds and delivering patient care.
3) Teaching residents. Training physicians in the basics of gynecology and obstetrics management. Kiran has 3 residents on her service and is instructing them in complicated obstetric care and the fundamentals of gynecology.
4) Teaching midwives. Providing continuing education to local and traditional birth attendants in the basics of obstetrics management.
Stay tuned for more updates from Liberia, Guatemala and Dominican Republic. And remember, all the care we’re providing to women in need wouldn’t be possible without your support.