Northampton General Hospital midwives fly to Africa

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Midwives at Northampton General Hospital are taking their skills to a hospital in Zimbabwe.

The five midwives – Gill Albany-Ward, Sam Tennyson, Jayne Fox, Meritha Ddoro and Surayya Jaber – have also been raising money to buy much-needed equipment to take with them to the maternity unit in Africa, where they will work in Mpilo hospital, Bulawayo, in Janurary next year.

Mrs Albany-Ward said: “Although the midwives at the hospital in Mpilo are well trained, there simply isn’t enough of them. We’re going to be working hands on, assisting them in all aspects of running the maternity unit, from labour ward to post natal care.

“One of the most important things will be the medical equipment that we take with us, which is desperately needed.”

The midwives have been raising money to buy kit and will take with them everything from cord clamps and swabs to sonic aides, instrumental delivery equipment and batteries.

Four of the midwives have close links with Africa and have taken similar trips in the past. Mrs Tennyson and Ms Ddoro both have family in Zimbabwe, and Mrs Tennyson visits twice a year to work at Mpilo hospital. Mrs Fox spent time in Uganda while her daughter lived there.

Mrs Albany-Ward and Mrs Fox are taking part in The Wild Thing Xrunner 10k this Sunday to help raise the money needed, and the women are also holding a ball on September 28, featuring African dancers and drummers.

For tickets for the ball, or to donate money, call 07727 135344. To sponsor the runners, call 07754 399270.