My name is Laura Bliss and I am a midwife currently working at Wexham Park Hospital. I have been qualified for 2 years now. I am passionate about providing the best care possible for women and their families during what can be the most special times in their lives. Working within the NHS, I feel extremely fortunate to have access to an amazing team of midwives, doctors and other healthcare professionals as well as up to date facilities and equipment to help me provide that care. Women are able benefit from these services and able to access these without much trouble.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case in other countries. MAMA is a charity dedicated to improving maternal and neonatal outcomes in parts of Western Uganda.
The two main objectives for MAMA are to bring Ugandan midwives up to date with developments in midwifery practice and improve the referral process of women to hopsital from rural areas. They provide outreach clinics to over 40 remote villages that wouldn't normally be able to access care.
In Uganda only 50% of mothers are cared for by a skilled birth attendant, which could be a midwife, a care assistant, or a doctor.
The aim of this project to be able to fund and teach an extra midwife to provide care for women following surgery and childbirth complications. Currently this care provided by one midwife, who is also providing antenatal, postnatal and Labour care.
Helping to fund a 2nd midwife would enable the workload to shared and the opportunity for the midwives to provide improved care.
The cost of one midwife for a year is £1200 and I'm also looking to help fund equipment and training to enable this midwife to care for women who require high dependency care.