Midwifery In Liberia

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Liberia has been an independent country since 1848, making it the oldest African republic, however it is known for its long running, and disastrous civil war in 1990s. Liberia emerged from its second civil war in 2003, and it is still undergoing extensive reconstruction. Much of the country was bombed and therefore many buildings had been destroyed and abandoned during the two civil wars. With less than one hundred medical doctors and three hundred certified midwives, there is dire need for more trained health professionals. Maternal mortality rates in West Africa are amongst the highest in the world. Liberia has a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 760 per 100 000 live births. This is in large part due to a lack of trained birth attendants, especially in rural areas (such as those in Margibi Country). Planning for “The Kakata Project” began in November 2005 when MPC was contacted by two midwives from the Liberian Midwives Association (LMA) who were interested in starting a Trained Traditional Midwife (TTM) program in Margibi County. Three delegates from MPC were sent to Liberia where a needs assessment was outlined and meetings took place with Liberian midwives, potential students, and the Liberian Health Minister. Kakata is the largest town in Margibi and will serve as a gathering place for students coming from surrounding rural areas. The Kakata Project seeks to increase access to properly trained birth attendants in Margibi County. While Certified Midwives (CM) undergo three years of training and must be literate, Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs) receive approximately nine months of training which is available to non-literate students. TTMs can assist with low-risk pregnancies (approx. 95% of pregnancies) and during prenatal consultations can recognize high-risk pregnancies in early stages so the need for emergency care during childbirth
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