Over 60,000 babies were born in Cox’s Bazar in 2018 — a number expected to be exceeded in 2019. Hope Foundation, based in Bangladesh’s massive refugee camp, will train several hundred midwives over the next few years to be at the forefront of the birthing crisis in Cox’s Bazar. Local medical experts calculate that throughout their 30-year careers these midwives will bring down the maternal mortality rate from 194 to 35/100,000 births and infant mortality from 52 to 12/1,000 and save over 36,000 lives. The “Midwifery Diploma Program” is funded by the British Department for International development in partnership with BRAC University.
Citing their “Midwifery Pledge” and dressed in their bright pink uniforms, these young female recruits are training to become midwives in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp, where over 90% of the women give birth at home, without the attendance of skilled healthcare workers. This growing force of midwives will make a difference in saving the lives of thousands of mothers and their babies and in transitioning delivery from a risk to a beautiful experience.
As I enter the midwifery profession, I pledge to:
Use all the knowledge, skills, and understanding that I possess
when providing professional midwifery care.
Deliver midwifery care non-judgmentally and to all those who require it,
to the best of my ability.
As a midwife I will refrain from any action which might be harmful
to the quality of life or health of those I care for.
As a midwife I will treat each client with respect.
As a midwife I will hold in professional confidence all the personal information entrusted to me.
As a midwife I will keep my professional knowledge and skills at the highest level and give my support and cooperation to all members of the health care team.
As a midwife I will contribute to the advancement of the midwifery profession.
I am midwife, with women for a lifetime.
Citing their “Midwife Oath” and dressed in their bright pink uniforms, these young women are training to become midwives in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp, where over 90% of the women give birth at home, without the attendance of skilled healthcare workers. These midwives will make a difference in saving the lives of thousands of mothers and their babies and in transitioning delivery from a risk to a beautiful experience.
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