It was indeed a proud moment for Fernandez Hospital Foundation when nineteen nurses joined the 18-month Professional Midwifery Education and Training (PMET) Programme.
This is the eighth batch and by far the largest number interested in professional midwifery. Dr. Evita led the joining ceremony and shared the importance of the role of a professional midwife. She also spoke about how this profession will influence maternal health care in India.
Dr. Pramod shared in his speech this special cadre will be accountable for women without medical complications, was something to be very proud about. The new trainees shared their interest in becoming professional midwives, derived from the leadership of Fernandez's in-house Midwives. The first batch commenced their training in 2011.
Professional midwives in Fernandez have left an impact on women-centered care and are now running separate midwifery clinics offering midwifery care in their units in Abids and Banjara Hills. Women are offered the choice of water births and Vaginal Births After Caesarean with a success rate of over 70%. Professional midwives in Fernandez have birthed more than 9000 mothers since the inception of the training in 2011. Fernandez is proud of its legacy in professional midwifery. The Government of Telangana (facilitated by UNICEF) invited Fernandez Hospital Foundation to train thirty nurses into professional midwives, over an 18-month period.
In December 2018, the Indian Government launched the National Guidelines for Professional Midwifery and declared its commitment to establishing this workforce for the country.