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International Day of the Midwife: Edna Adan [4:08]

International Day of the Midwife is a day to observe the myriad health contributions midwives provide in their communities, helping women deliver safely and preventing injuries like obstetric fistula. Edna Adan – Somaliland’s first certified nurse-midwife – has a dream to train and place 1,000 midwives throughout her country, helping to ensure safe delivery for…

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Huffington Post: Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation   Like so many first-time mothers-to-be in the U.S., I attended childbirth classes regularly before the birth of my now 15-year old-son. While those classes are largely a blur, I do remember one exercise: tightly gripping an ice cube for 60 seconds while breathing deeply to help replicate the…

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Paving the Road to Postpartum Recovery

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda….

Our Hero: Edna Adan

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Meet Our Hero: Edna Adan

                          Edna Adan could have done anything when she retired, but she decided to cash in her life savings and build a hospital in Somaliland for women and children in the Horn of Africa. Watch her story and learn what she’s doing to…

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The Muslim Mother Teresa

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation I hope I live to see the day where a humanitarian hero is referred to as theChristian Edna Adan. Who’s Edna Adan? The short answer: she’s a nurse-midwife, founder of a hospital bearing her name, who’s saving and changing the lives…