Birth & Midwifery in Ethiopia
Resources for parents and practitioners
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Birth Situation Room Report
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Gebresilasea Gendisha currently teaches at Arbaminch University College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
What is the biggest challenge facing normal birth in your country and what is being done to address it?
There are so many factors that have been challenging midwifery in Ethiopia. Here, no more than 6% of the total births are attended by trained health professionals, for a number of reasons. Among them, pastoralists’ mobility, lack of awareness about the risks of births unattended by health professionals, a lack of respect for midwives, the low ratio of midwives to the population and poor infrastructure. The Ethiopian Government is collaborating with many NGOs to solve these problems by constructing infrastructures, increasing the number of midwives and encouraging the pastoralist to live permanently in a one place. The number of midwifery schools is also increasing.
— Gebresilasea Gendisha