My work with MSF is to remedy the “3 Delays” in Obstetric Care that are often decisive in saving the lives of both the child and the mother.
1) The delay in deciding to seek care
2) The delay in reaching a health facility
3) The delay in receiving adequate treatment at the facility
MSF, I was told, has a mobile clinic I plan to use to travel to areas where people often have no access to health care, combined with referral systems to identify women presenting complications and transfer them when necessary to health post or hospital where they can receive appropriate care.
LeBrun, C, mentioned that “We work on the principle that all pregnancies can be a risk."
Knowledge is power. The prenatal consultations are therefore important for detecting and treating pregnant women’s health problems. Equally important to give them health advice. The consultations provide an occasion to inform women and their families about complications that can arise during delivery, helping them prepare for emergencies and identify a health structure where they can go without delay for delivery.
Ob/Gyns and midwives are do-ers. We are people who like to jump in, get our hands dirty, and fix the problem. We make decisions quickly, take action, and solve the problem. Unlike internal medicine, neurology or pediatric rounds, which can be hours of talking, we will round for only a few minutes, then jump into action.
People do not magically stop getting pregnant during a conflict; fertility works the same, war or no. And when they are pregnant, they need to deliver safely.
Thankful for the opportunity to not only be apart of MSF but also given the task to help extend the Maternity projects in Myanmar.