Birth preparation course training in the refugee camp.
Education among women and multiplication into local midwives are cornerstones of our work. Since 2021, our team has trained midwives and nurses from the Refugee Camp to offer childbirth preparation classes to pregnant women in their camp. From each training, we have been able to hire midwives to help women from their community ease their fears around birth through education and empower them to make good choices for their health and that of their unborn.
Postpartum visits in the refugee camp.
In northern Iraq, 31 out of every 1,000 newborns die. Mostly from causes that can be easily prevented with midwifery care in the postpartum period. Over the past 2 years, outreach teams with local midwives have been started in several camps to provide postpartum visits and breastfeeding support in camp tents, identifying illnesses early, empowering mothers with advice and encouragement, and helping them spot potential dangers in their children.
Plans for the future
Social media such as YouTube are also widely used in northern Iraq. New mothers are also online a lot. We want to take advantage of this and produce short educational videos in Kurdish with information for mothers about pregnancy, birth and postpartum in order to reach and educate more women more quickly.