287’000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year. That’s over 800 women a day. 99% of these deaths happen in the developing world and nearly 99% are preventable.
The "Three Delays" model proposes that pregnancy-related mortality is overwhelmingly due to delays in:
1. Decision Making: Deciding to seek appropriate medical help for an obstetric emergency
2. Access to Care: Reaching an appropriate obstetric facility
3. Quality of Care: Receiving adequate care when a facility is reached
A trained midwife can provide care for up to 500 women every year, including safe deliveries of 100 babies. It is estimated that 350’000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths.
Solutions to the "Three Delays"
1. Decision Making: Education for mothers and families on the risks of pregnancy and labor and when it is appropriate to seek care.
2. Access to Care: Accessibility to care facilities including emergency transportation.
3. Quality of Care: Training and employing educated, competent healthcare workers including midwives, doctors, nurses, and traditional birth attendants to staff affordable healthcare facilities.
THEOLOGY OF CARE
We believe that every woman, regardless of race, age, religion, or culture is created in the divine image of God. Therefore we believe that every pregnant woman is not only created but also carries within her another created in the image of God. We also believe that we should do all things as if doing them unto the Lord, so we believe that all women deserve to have access to respectful, competent, caring, and affordable healthcare.
As midwives, we walk through some of the highest highs and lowest lows with our patients. The intimacy of this relationship provides a perfect opportunity to show the demonstrative love of God, to offer prayer, encouragement, and support to our patients.