As a midwife, your work is with establishing clinics for pregnant women and guiding the work in maternity wards. One of the aims of our mission in this field is to establish good prenatal care so that complications can be discovered and treated.
Our midwives often take a leading role in the joint efforts with health authorities and local midwives.
Training and supervision of local staff represent a large portion of the work. Our missions often include vaccination of young children, information on hygiene, prevention of sexually transmitted disease and work with contraception. As a midwife, you can also expect a lot of clinical work.
Many of our projects are geared towards a population with HIV/AIDS. As a midwife, you often work with the problems concerning pregnant women and this disease. That means, among other things, informing/explaining, counseling and care of mother and child during childbirth.
In some cultures, the topics of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception are sensitive or taboo. Therefore, openess and diplomacy are important assets for handling work on these issues.
- Midwife credentials
- 2 years professional experience as a midwife, chiefly with delivery.
- Course Health Assistance in Humanitarian Crisis (provided by MSF for those who are recruited as fieldworkers)
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
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