New AMSF president
At the Annual general meeting in Rabat the AMSF members choose a new president. The old president , Mrs Khadija Habibi, who created a strong organisational basis handed over to Hanane Masba who will build the organisation with strategic leadership. Congratulations to two great women for their significant effort.
Dutch midwives invest in midwives4mothers
During the AGM of the KNOV members chose with an overwhelming majority to support the charity midwives4mothers with €1,- per month per member. In this way members show their interest as well as their feeling of responsibility for delivering safe and respectful midwifery care, not only in The Netherlands, but globally. This income will give the charity m4m a certain financial stability that will enable us to can carry on implementing twin2twin projects as well as monitoring and evaluating the twin2twin method for use by other midwifery organisations globally.
Hand made doll from Morocco
In a small arts & crafts centre in Morocco, women have produced a lovely doll with placenta, membranes and pelvis. All hand made. This is a project initiated by the Moroccan midwives (AMSF) to raise funds for the twin2twin programme with the Dutch midwives(KNOV). This programme, that is based on reciprocity, expects both sides to raise funds for t2t activities taking into account the difference income of midwives and the GDP, 10% of the project is financed by the Moroccan midwives. The dolls are sold for €35(excluding postage), and extremely popular under Dutch midwives and midwifery students. Because of the high demand the doll is not yet available outside the Netherlands. The Moroccan midwives hope to have produced enough to sell at the ICM International Congress in Toronto. The income will then support their organisation to develop itself into the voice of Moroccan midwives.
Midwife for Life award for research into twin2twin method.
The twin2twin project between the KNOV and the Moroccan midwives organisation AMSF, has received an international price for further research into the method by Franka Cadée, the project coordinator.
This international price was announced on the International day of the Midwife (IDM), May 5th ’15 and shows that the innovative twin2twin method, where midwives empower midwives, has important potential that is worth exploring.
In Morocco the mortality of women during pregnancy and birth is 10 times higher than in the Netherlands. Especially outside the large Moroccan cities there are few midwives employed.
Dutch and Moroccan midwives support each other by exchange of knowledge and skills. This does not only benefits the pregnant women in Morocco, but also Moroccan women in the Netherlands benefit by a better understanding of their culture.
In late 2012 a member of the Dutch parliament, Khadija Arib, ambassador to the twin2twin project in Morocco (till 2016), launched the 2nd twin2twin project with sister organization AMSF, the professional organisation for midwives in Morocco. 20 Dutch and Moroccan midwives exchange knowledge and experience as equal twin pairs.
The charity midwives4mothers works on strengthening the professional association of midwives in Morocco and the Netherlands. How is this done? One of the strategies is to support Dutch and Moroccan twin midwives in the development of project management skills. During this process twins create small scale projects that can be directly transferred to the daily work of midwives to improve the care of mothers and babies both in Morocco and the Netherlands. The nine topics below are examples of the projects currently running. The end result will be showcased in December 2016 during an exhibition in both The Netherlands and Morocco.
1. Information for newlyweds in Morocco about antenatal care by midwives.
2. Stress management for Moroccan third-year midwifery students.
3. A workshop for Moroccan midwives about pain management during childbirth.
4. Information for Dutch school girls of Moroccan origin about becoming a midwife.
5. Information for Dutch midwives about the ethical/cultural aspects of prenatal screening in the Muslim/Moroccan community.
6. Information about the signs of hypertension for Moroccan pregnant women in the Netherlands and Morocco.
7. Consciousness raising of Moroccan midwives about the positive effects of vertical birthing positions in relation to progress in labour and satisfaction of women in labour.
8. Pre and postnatal education for pregnant women in rural areas in the province of El Hajeb .
9. Informing illiterate , pregnant women on the role of a midwife during pregnancy and childbirth.