Waterbirth of another kind
Alice Gautreau, a midwife with international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontiéres, relates an evocative story of a refugee woman giving birth at sea. She highlights the challenge of caring for the woman and baby and uses the story to illustrate the plight of women she cared for when rescued at sea.
Alice Gautreau, midwife with international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontiéres
Improving care in global settings Resources
Boerma T et al 2018 Global epidemiology of use of and disparities in caesarean sections The Lancet 392: 10155 1341-1348
International Confederation of Midwives 2019 Essential Competencies for Midwifery Practice https://www.internationalmidwives.org/assets/files/general-files/2019/03/icm-competencies-en-screens.pdf
RCM Global Projects
Save the Children 2015 State of the World’s Mothers : The Urban Disadvantage https://www.savethechildren.net/sites/default/files/libraries/SOWM_EXECUTIVE_SUMMARY.pdf
The Lancet Maternal Health Series
United Nations Population Fund 2019 Unfinished Business https://www.unfpa.org/swop-2019
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
WHO 2018 Maternal Mortality
WHO 2015 Statement on Caesarean section rates https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/161442/WHO_RHR_15.02_eng.pdf;jsessionid=8E2C54F0B4B88F3D0059F9FADE9FACF1?sequence=1
Demonstrating your learning: Improving Care in Global Settings
We hope you have enjoyed watching the video box set. The aim of producing this package is to enable you to learn about an aspect of midwifery practice which you will be able to use to improve the care of women, babies and their families. As a professional there will be times where you will need to demonstrate you have learned and, don’t forget that, writing down your learning will help this to be embedded in your memory! To this end we have devised some questions to help you progress. You may, of course, devise your own questions as well. These may then be used as part of your professional validation in the future.
- After watching these talks you will have an insight into the significance of midwifery care and the unique circumstances within these settings
- Explored some of the evidence related to maternity care in some global settings
- Considered the significance of midwifery care in global settings.
- Understanding of some of the challenges faced by women and midwives in global setting
- Explore the learning outcomes (LO) of this set of videos. What are the key aspects of the LO that are relevant to you and your scope and code of practice?
- Summarise what you have learned from these videos
- What are the feelings that have been raised as you watched them? Why you have felt this?
- What are the key pieces of research or evidence that you have learned about?
- How will this learning now affect your practice; the women, babies and families in your care?
- Are there ways you plan to make changes or take forward with others?
- What else would you like to find out about to help your learning on this topic?
Waterbirth of another kind
Originally from Southern France, Alice trained in Edinburgh as a midwife before heading to London for some clinical experience. After just over three years in London, she started working for Médecins Sans Frontières, first in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and most recently on board of the Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel where she was caring for the rescued women and children.
She is now studying tropical nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is already looking forward to her next mission with MSF.