Meet the volunteer coordinators and our partners in Ethiopia
We are a team of midwives based in the UK who all have experience in various capacities of working with midwives and other health workers in Ethiopia.We have a shared passion to contribute in some way to improving maternal health globally, helping others and maintaining new friendships.
We believe in the benefits of sharing knowledge and skills and supporting our Ethiopian colleagues. We are keen to understand the challenges that our colleagues in Ethiopia face, understand the difficulties for families in Ethiopia and to create strong links.
We all have professional backgrounds in maternity services within the UK, but are involved with midwives@ethiopia as volunteers giving time, knowledge, experience and a commitment to fundraising. We are very grateful to anyone or any groups who would consider helping us with fundraising.
I have been a midwife for many years and have a long association with Ethiopia. I first worked as a midwife there in the early 90’s and have been involved in maternal healthcare there off and on since then. I am constantly inspired and encouraged by the midwives and the women I meet in rural Ethiopia and their achievements often under such difficult circumstances and with limited resources. I am excited to be working with our Ethiopian partners to try to address some of the challenges faced by women on a day to day basis.
I was a midwife for over 30 years and for much of that time I have been involved in midwifery education with parents, students and midwives. I have recently retired as practice educator in Aneurin Bevan Health Board and practice facilitator in Cardiff University.I have visited Ethiopia on several occasions and have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful midwives. I have been involved in the preparation and running of a variety of training workshops for midwife teachers, midwives and health extension workers. I have great admiration for health care workers in Ethiopia and I respect their desire and willingness to learn and apply new skills. We can all learn from their enthusiasm.
I am the clinical Research lead Midwife at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales and feel passionate about my work. I really enjoy supporting families through pregnancy and birth and feel priveleged to be a trustee for midwives@ethiopia. I have had various articles published,have worked on the advisory panel of a midwifery publication Essentially Midirs and was awarded a scholarship to Japan in 1998 to research breast feeding. I was proud to accept ‘Mum’s Midwife of the Year’ for Wales 2011 and have since won other awards including the Wales Research Impact award 2017. I am currently studying for a PHD alongside my job as a midwife and have presented at various conferences including the ICM in Toronto 2017. I am very happy to be a trustee for midwives@ethiopia and grateful that as a charity we have the opportunity to support and work with our colleagues in Ethiopia.
Dr Sarah Norris
I have been a Midwifery Tutor in the College of Human & Health Science at Swansea University for the past 14 years, and before that a practising Midwife. Teaching and supporting student midwives on their journey to become qualified Midwives is a most rewarding and exciting job. It has been a wonderful opportunity to be able to contribute my knowledge of education, and my experience, to our work in Ethiopia. Visiting Ethiopia has been life changing , from having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the reality of the problems facing developing countries, but equally importantly to work in partnership with Ethiopian midwives as they develop their profession. My experiences in Ethiopia have definitely influenced my approach to life and work at home.
I’m looking forward to playing a part in developing the scope of our charity into the future. From small beginnings…….!
I came into midwifery with a passion for helping women to birth safely and with confidence and that hasn’t changed in over 20 years. I also knew I had a transferable skill that I wanted to someday use in other cultural settings to challenge my own skills and practices as well as share them.I have three teenage children who are growing up in a very ‘individualistic’ and ‘materialistic’ society. I hope that, by example, I can show them the value of community and working towards shared goals.I love teaching, whether it’s antenatal classes in the UK or Midwives and Health Extension workers in Ethiopia.When I have free time I never tire of hills and mountains, cycle trails and travel. I am now a midwifery supervisor at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
We welcome any support you can offer. If you would like to fund raise for us, sponsor one of us, donate or help in anyway at all we would be very pleased to hear from you.
All the money raised goes directly to buying simple, effective teaching equipment and running effective training courses for midwifery tutors, midwives and health extension workers in Southern Ethiopia.
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