Midwives save lives!
Midwifery is at the Forefront of Fernandez’s Advocacy efforts. Through PROMISE, our Professional Midwifery Services initiative, we have successfully contributed to making Midwifery a national imperative to provide safe, respectful maternity care for women in India. The way forward lies in bringing in International Midwifery Educators to train a cohort of Indian Midwife Educators, who will in turn, train nurses to be midwives across the country. Towards this vision, Fernandez is setting up an Institiute of Midwifery in Hyderabad, that will be built and administered to global best standards n terms of infrastructure and curriculum.
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PMETs Batch I & II
ELLY Team from UK
Professional Midwifery Education and Training (PMET) Programme
This is a two-year that was begun in August 2011 to help build a select group of skilled nurses trained especially to promote and deliver, effective health care that can save the lives of thousands of mothers and newborns every year. Tutors/midwives come regularly from the UK, to help train batches of student nurses. In December 2017, in collaboration with the Union Govt. and UNICEF, we set up India’s first professional midwife certification program that is designed as per the International Confederation of Midwives standards. The first batch of 30 nurses, selected from the healthcare system of the Telangana Govt., completed this 18-month program and received their certification in June 2019.
However, much more needs to be done. As per Government of India estimates, India needs around 90,000 trained midwives to join the healthcare system over the next 3 years. We aim to contribute to at least 10% of this national need by adding 9,000 professionally trained midwives to India’s health care system by 2025.
To drive this ambitious mission, we are in the process of establishing The Fernandez Institute of Midwifery as a world-class institution with capacity to train 90 midwifery educators annually. We envisage the institute as one the finest facilities of its kind, with state of the art infrastructure, be staffed by highly experienced and qualified professional midwife-tutors from India and the UK. We aim to have the Institute up and running from January 2021.
At Fernandez Hospital, midwives work in the collaborative model of care with the obstetrics team. If working in the community, the midwife is trained to recognize a problem early and refer to a higher centre on time. This is why we believe midwives save lives.
We also conduct regular workshops and training programs to spread the midwifery message among the medical fraternity and society at large.