Midwives and Safe Motherhood: Promoting Respectful Care for Women
SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Come to the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. for a talk by Linda Robinson, Certified Nurse Midwife, on her experiences teaching and advocating for women’s health and empowerment in Africa.
Respectful care for women is a universal right that is often ignored. Ethnicity, economic status, geographical location, and allocation of resources all influence the culture of care. Educating women to advocate for themselves and demand respectful care is key. Respect for women across cultural barriers and more fairly allocated resources is a realistic vision and goal.
Linda Robinson was a founding member for the Lisa Stewart Women's Health Center in Bar Harbor and retired in 2015 after 23 years of service as a Certified Nurse Midwife with Mount Desert Island Hospital. She spent the past two years living and working in Malawi, Africa,
teaching midwifery at Kamuzu College of Nursing. She was part of the Global Health
Service Partnership, a partnership between SEED Global Health and the Peace Corps. This
organization sends midwives, nurses, and doctors to teach in five countries in Africa to
train medical professionals in their national setting, utilizing available resources.
She will present on her experiences in Africa including a short background of the organization, the country, the work, and efforts to create ways to empower women. She started a class to
give women a chance to learn a skill they could do at home, a project to teach women
with no formal education some skills to increase their self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
They learned to make jewelry out of local and donated materials, learned simple business
concepts, and how to find unique markets to sell their creations. Some of their jewelry
will be on display and for sale.
For more information, call the Library, 244-7065, or visit www.swhplibrary.org.
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Come to the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a talk by Linda Robinson, CNM, on her experiences teaching and advocating for women’s health and empowerment in Africa. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065 or visit www.swhplibrary.org.