At the beginning of August 2013 my dear friend Tianne Cole finished her training and became a midwife! She was with us at AGGMC for two years and delivered (under the supervision and instruction of our amazing Filipino midwives and myself) over 60 babies. She decided to throw a party for all the mothers whose lives she became a part of by being a part of their deliveries.
Tianne is now getting ready to write her North American Registry of Midwives exam back in the USA. Once she passes that she will head back to Africa , where she had been before the Philippines, and continue her work as a missionary – this time a Missionary Midwife!
I feel blessed to have been a part in training Tianne to become a midwife so that she could in turn create more midwives in Africa. It one of the favorite parts of my job, to see midwives trained and ready to multiply in other parts of the country or the world. As said by The World Health Organization “Midwifery services are key to a healthy and safe pregnancy and childbirth. Many maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented (some sources say 90% in the developing world) if competent midwives assist women before, during and after childbirth and are able to refer them to emergency obstetric care when severe complications arise.”
So now Tianne moves onto the next chapter of her life and I stay to continue to train the women that God has brought to me. From Filipino to Canadian to Irish, we are multiplying!
If you would like to follow Tianne as she heads back to Africa as a Missionary Midwife, you can check out her blog at http://tiannecole.blogspot.com/.