I’ve just finished reading “The Hospital by the River” by Dr Catherine Hamlin, the true story of Catherine & her husband Reg, both Australian Gynaecologists who established a midwifery school in Ethiopia to treat patients who have sustained serious injuries from obstructed labour. The rural women have little access to obstetric services and may suffer in agonising labour for many days, only to have their babies die and them to be left as outcasts due to serious bladder & rectum damage causing their constant leaking of urine & faeces.
Having had four natural deliveries myself, I’m even more grateful for the excellent care I received and was shocked to learn that there are still women in other countries suffering from what would seem such a natural life experience. Many of the girls are forced to marry young and their bodies are simply not ready to become Mothers, they are still babies themselves.
The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia gives hope to the women who manage to travel to the hospital & receive treatment free of charge thanks to many generous sponsors. They are treated with the love & respect they deserve & are given a new dress to wear home to begin a new life.
This Mother’s Day, while away from my own children I will be thinking of the 40, 000 brave women who have received the loving care & treatment from The Hamlin team. Your donation will have a life changing impact through the funding of treatment, prevention & education.
There are Many Ways to Help…
Tuition fees for the crochet workshops cover the cost of a standard obstetric fistula operation or you can make a blanket to be sold in the store.
Your tax deductible gift from the heart donation assists with the operational costs of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital & the Hamlin College of Midwives.
Happy Mothers Day!