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international midwife assistance, inc
March 25, 2011

I worked for IMA during 2005 and 2006, in both Afghanistan and Uganda. In Afghanistan IMA was involved in teaching midwifery students who were recommended by their various villages in Bamiyan Province. The midwifery model of care is all about empowering the pregnant woman and her family to make healthy choices. In Afghanistan, training young women to work outside of their homes was also empowering for our midwifery students as well. The 22 midwives who graduated from the program are an outstanding example of empowerment for other women and particularly for younger women. In Uganda the IMA cllinic and birthing center also uses the midwifery model of care and empowers women to make healthier decisions concerning pregnancy, birth and child spacing. IMA is professionally managed by women and for women.

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The graduation of the 22 midwife students in Afghanistan was amazing and encouraging. It was a rare example of an American NGO accomplishing their promises to the Afghan people.

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Try to find a way to work in both Afghanistan and Uganda. There must be an organization somewhere who would back IMA in Afghanistan.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I worked as a midwife and instructor of student midwives in Afghanistan. In Uganda I accompanied the Director of IMA to do the original needs analysis for the Soroti area and the IDP camps contained in the area.