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The Story of the FreMo Birth Centre. Midwifery Care in a Low Resource Setting.

by Vicki Chan, RN, RM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Online Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Midwifery 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced little improvement in maternity outcomes in recent years (World Health Organization[WHO], 2014) and yet, in an informal settlement in Nairobi, where the urban poor suffer the greatest losses of mothers and babies (Ndirangu, 2015; Ziraba, Madise, Mills, Kyobutungi, & Ezeh, 2009), one place stands out.

“An equal chance at life and love”.
This phrase is embedded into the vision of the not-for-profit, privately-run Fremo Birth Centre(FBC).
Although under-staffed and under-resourced, the FreMo Birth Centre provides
o  free/small cost maternity care focusing on normal birth, including breech, twins, VBAC.
o  well baby/well woman/family planning/post abortion care.
o  zero maternal mortality or serious injury (including no 3rddegree tears or beyond)
o  neonatal morbidity/mortality far below national figures.
(Fremo Medical and Birth Centre, 2011-2017; WHO, 2014).
On behalf of those heroes who run the centre on a day-to-day basis, I am honoured to tell their story. Vicki Chan

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Determine what qualifies a ‘low resource centre;

Objective 2: Recognise the role of midwifery in a low-resource centre; and

Objective 3: Consider a personal role in valuing/promoting/building/sustaining normal in the maternity care system.

Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks