ICT for Midwives

Meseret Haileyesus
Posted April 25, 2019 from Canada
Impact of ICTs on Midwifery care

 

Hello  everyone

It is always very rejuvenating to be surrounded by so many bright people like you. Here is my journey 

I began my career 15 years ago as a Midwife, realizing every birth, would be a small step towards my ultimate goal of becoming a midwife. I am so very thankful for all of the Ethiopia Ministry Of Health  and the rural community that have allowed me to serve them as they welcomed their blessing into their arms. I remember there was no adequate water, electricity, technology and effective transporting to provide the service.  Most women they never had and don’t want to have family planning because they think it will kill them. I remember the contact I made with one of the NGO, helped me to access computer services including opening my first email account!  I remember interacting with colleagues across primary, secondary and tertiary care services was challenging. Even midwives were not able to give routine care during normal deliveries and identify and manage complications of childbirth before they become life threatening. The most difficult moments were when I see a case where I can’t do anything. For example, I remember I had a patient who had been operated on for Placenta Previa was in comma because she was severely bleeding.  All this challenge made me to develop tools and strategy to support midwives. After I moved to Canada, i learnt that  how ICT empower health care workers to  promote change and foster development. I was looking for resources, opportunities, and job focusing toward delivering low cost and midwife friendly initiatives.  I was lucky and got the opportunity to support similar program funded by Global Affair Canada. My Mentor and I started the first MNCH biweekly e- newsletter for the midwives across Africa. The purpose of this e- newsletter is to give you a twice-monthly summary of some recent publications and to keep midwives informed on Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Care in in Africa and beyond. We reached out enormous midwives which make me always proud.  I learned how ICT empowers me to grow without limit.  

We are started small initiative to support midwives address their challenges.  I believe that ICT is the thread that has the potential to connect everyone and everything important around the world, including in the area of health. My new initiative called  "The Midwives Consult Mobile App " This app will design for the front-line midwives, mothers, senior midwives at regional and referral hospitals are interlinked and helps for decision making during the crucial times of medical emergencies. As delay of early referral is the leading cause of maternal death in Africa.  It will also help in accelerating the decision making process for the front-line midwives, as they will be able to access all consultation on their own device from the remote location. Moreover, midwives can also take their own photos of visual presentations of certain conditions and share them with midwives to get a valuable opinion. Hope this model will safeguard comprehensive timely and precise information for midwives while there are providing services and also save live.  

 I wish you all a very enjoyable Girls in ICTs Day.

Meseret Haileyesus

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hi Meseret,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for your story, and update on how ICT has influenced your life. I'm impressed with your work, as always, and am really impressed with your new app idea. When do you plan to make this app available in the field? I'm looking forward to hearing more about it and to also see stories, too, possibly, about it has positively affected midwives, parents, and children's lives as well. It's a great idea!

Hope you're having a great Friday, and hope you have a great weekend, too.

Meseret Haileyesus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Many thanks sister, I really appreciate your support ! We have applied for grant and waiting. Will keep you posted!

Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

You're welcome, dear!

Great. Good luck!

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hi Meseret,
Thank you for your story.
It is thrilling to read how ICT is helping you get innovative in maternal and child care.
The app is such a cool idea and I pray it goes all out to fulfill its mission of improved health and access to timely information.

All the very best,

Meseret Haileyesus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thanks so much for the support. Will keep you updated

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 26
Apr 26

Wow Mesi! It's so great to learn about your journey as a midwife and how technology has helped you along the way. I agree it is incredible how something as simple as an email newsletter can have a powerful impact in connecting people across geographies and forming important bonds. World Pulse is SO fortunate to have you as an Ambassador!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Meseret,
Thank you gor your post. Thank you for sharing your journey, it is truly inspirational and from it we learn that we can use ICT in our different fields to benefit our communities. Looking forward to many more stories from the midwives who have used the app.
Have a lovely weekend.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 27
Apr 27

Dear Mesi,
You are a wonder, in all that you have accomplished. I have the special privilege of having been able to meet you in person and know that every time we get to visit in our neighbouring cities, it is a time of inspiration and joy for me to be able to link arms in person and conspire together.
Much love,
Tam

Lisbeth
May 04
May 04

Haha this reminds me of an experience. I met this woman in her late 50's and it took me by surprise how she was ICT literate than me, amazing.

Hello, Meseret,

I love your story, and this statement especially,, "I believe that ICT is the thread that has the potential to connect everyone and everything important around the world, including in the area of health."

I also love that you develop an app for midwives. Wow, you're unstoppable with ICT on your side. Kudos to you and the impact you are making. I'm so proud to call you a World Pulse sister. Thank you for inspiring us with your story!