A Midwife’s Commitment to Serve, Even during a Pandemic

A Midwife’s Commitment to Serve, Even during a Pandemic

When cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) started showing up in her community, midwife Taslima Akhtar knew that her work could not stop. Despite having little in the name of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep her safe from infection, she continued to serve the pregnant and laboring women who came seeking care at the Sarail Upazila Health Complex in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.  In consultation with the health facility manager, Taslima and her colleagues made cloth masks for protection and soldiered on.  Taslima is

Midwives Deliver Hope in the Time of COVID-19

Midwife Sharmin Akhter, 25, readjusts her protective gear before she attends to a mother in labor at a sub-district health facility, called an Upazila Health Complex (UHC), in Barlekha, Moulvibazar District. Her reassuring voice comforts the mother, who continues pushing to deliver the baby—until the endearing cry of a newborn engulfs the room.  Sharmin has

A Midwife’s Labors Don’t End When the Baby Comes

Midwives in India

Kamalganj, Bangladesh—Tanjina Akhtar is keen to explain that her labor goes beyond the delivery of a baby. Busy as she is bringing new lives safely into the world and happy as it makes her to see mothers smile when she rests healthy newborns skin to skin on their chests, this midwife’s scope of practice extends