Bertha lives in a village not far away from Kivulini Maternity Centre here in rural Tanzania. She was in the bus travelling along the main road close by to come and give birth to her seventh child when she went into contractions. The other passengers told the driver to divert to the hospital. When the bus arrived, it was too late to take her inside, so our midwives went out to her.

The other passengers respectfully alighted from the bus, and our fantastic team of midwives helped Bertha to deliver the baby safely, on the bus.

Bertha and her baby remained with us as inpatients for 24 hours and both went home together.

Thank you to our wonderful staff who adapt so readily, making childbirth safe.

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