Welcome to the web site of Maternity Africa. It is a local organisation in Ethiopia supported by the Barbara May Foundation in Australia.
Each day across the world countless women give birth to their babies, most of whom do not have access to good safe medical care as we do in the west. The unfortunate truth is most have no access to any medical care during their births. As a result hundreds of thousands of women die each year and many more babies die. Of those who survive millions more mothers and their babies are left with permanent injuries – all because they wanted a family.
It is a blight on the world that in this day and age when there is more wealth and medical knowledge than ever before, that so many of our women and babies are dying each year. Almost all of these deaths and injuries are completely preventable.
Maternity Africa with the support of the Barbara May Foundation based in Australia is seeking to help this situation.
We have commenced placing volunteer midwives and obstetricians into hospitals around the developing world where there are currently no safe medical services for women.
In places where there are no hospitals or medical services, we seek to provide a safe three tiered system for women to give birth.
We have trained and equipped birth attendants in villages to manage women in their pregnancies and deliver low risk cases.
Appropriate cases will be referred to waiting areas where women come later in their pregnancies. These areas have health workers to care for them and supervise their deliveries or transport them by ambulance to the third tier – a maternity hospital.
The hospitals have volunteer obstetricians and midwives to care for the patients and also train the local health workers.