Saving Mothers trains all levels of healthcare providers at our global sites, but the training can largely be grouped into two categories: Birth Attendants and All Other Medical Professionals
Birth Attendant Training
Saving Mothers has established a 16 week training program intended to provide traditional birth attendants in developing countries with the skills necessary to ensure safe deliveries, address complications, and refer mothers for hospital delivery when appropriate. Better known as our School of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women's Health & Educational Resources), this training program was adapted from a curriculum developed by two New York-based nurse-midwives, and can be customized to suit the unique culture and perspective of the region where it is implemented. The overarching goal of this training is to bridge the gap between cultural practices and Western medicine, thereby enabling the traditional birth attendants to maintain their role in the community but providing them with the skills to recognize birth-related complications and promptly refer affected women to the nearest healthcare for emergent care when necessary.
Over the course of three months, students at our School of POWHER learn the skills necessary to ensure safe deliveries for both mother and child. At the same time, they are expected to complete a set number of clinical hours where they get hands-on experience conducting labor, delivery and prenatal care under the supervision of volunteer doctors, nurses and midwives. Upon graduation, the students receive a POWHER Kit including a stethoscope, a fetal Doppler and a pregnancy wheel for dating. Following graduation, trained birth attendants are followed in the field, and their performance is regularly assessed against a Saving Mothers' Skills Checklist, and results to date indicate strong skills improvement and retention among our graduates.
Post-graduation students are expected to attend continuing education classes hosted by the local Ministry of Health. Some even return as instructors, thereby ensuring the program's sustainability.
Please consider supporting our School of POWHER. This program is a wonderful way to empower women in low-resource settings, while simultaneously improving the lives of women in the communities they will serve.
Other Provider Training
The Saving Mothers team trains all levels of healthcare providers, from ultrasound technicians to nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons. Provider training is an essential part of what we do, as it ensures that the programs we put in place at our sites are sustainable beyond our presence there. The large part of this training occurs during our surgical missions to Kenya and the Dominican Republic throughout the year.