– Jhpiego CoP urges midwives
Mrs. Marion Subah, Chief of Party (CoP) of Jhpiego, is urging Liberian midwives to treat pregnant women with respect and dignity to ensure that those women are attracted to health facilities whenever they need medical attention.
She also told the midwives, who had gathered in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County last Friday to celebrate the International Midwifery Day that they are under obligation to accompany pregnant women through their pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
The Jhpiego CoP underscored the need for midwives to ensure respectful maternal care to their patients, which is important in reducing maternal mortality that by extension leads to reduce infant mortality.
The Liberian midwives, under the banner, “Liberia Midwifery Association (LMA)” celebrated the day with a call to ensure safe delivery of pregnant women.
Mrs. Subah, who served as the keynote speaker, told the midwives that it is their responsibility to always ensure the safe delivery of women, especially those who will go to the health centers.
“When a pregnant woman goes to the health facilities, you midwives must ensure that she and her child are saved. She should be in good health to go back home with her baby,” she added.
Mrs. Subah then asked them to hold themselves in high esteem considering the job they do; adding: “You are very important to the society. You play a key role in the health sector; as such you must value and respect yourself.”
She stressed the need for the training of more midwives if maternal mortality must be reduced in the country, which has one of worst maternal mortality rates in the world.
She used the occasion to praise traditional midwives for their contributions to the health sector.
Mrs. Magbush S. Snoh-Miller, who represented the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke of the critical role midwives play in the health sector. For that, she called for more support to reduce maternal mortality.
Midwives, she indicated make a lot of sacrifices in the discharge of their duty just to save lives.
Mrs. Miller assured the LMA of the UN’s continues support to their organization. She also urged traditional midwives to refer pregnant women to the nearest health facilities to ensure safe delivery. Mrs. Miller commended the traditional midwives for the role they play in working with pregnant women.
The LMA president, Madam Wilhelmina W. G. Flomo, emphasized the need for Liberia to train more midwives.
Mrs. Flomo said they decided to take this year’s celebration to Buchanan to create awareness and decentralize activities of the Association.
The 2018 celebration will be held in Voinjama, Lofa County.