So, on the 23rd Feb Debbie Butters and I will fly to Port Moresby. We've also arranged for Sr RHondy to meet us there and spend some time with her. She is a passionate midwife who is desperately trying to introduce some regular education and training for local midwives, health workers and village birth attendants to reduce the death rate of mothers and babies. Steve (helicopter pilot in Wewak)and his wife Stephanie have enabled us to provide a laptop computer to Rhondy so that we can keep in better contact but more importantly so that I can supply her with some midwifery teaching resources and manuals that she can use in her day to day role as a midwife. I'll take these over on a hard disc drive for ease of storage.
I've been in touch with the PNG Midwifery Society and managed to track down the midwife who has written a recent PhD all about the need for training Village birth attendants. She is now the Nursing Council Registrar, so an important person to meet and get our registrations as midwives in PNG moving along the pipeline of bureaucracy. So we'll meet these two midwives who are in positions of authority in PNG - in everything Living Child does we want to make sure we work within their guidelines and policies. I'm really looking forward to connecting with these midwives.
Wendy Stein who trained us in the use of the implants will also be at this meeting which is such a bonus. It will be wonderful to see her again and spend time encouraging each other!
So, wish us well. I'll let you know how it all goes.