Dear Midwive Friends,
My name is Laxmi Tamang from Nepal. I'm one of the founding member of the first and only nurse-midwives led independent birthing centre in Nepal and the Midwifery Society of Nepal, established in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
We are struggling to sustain our birthing centre because of the financial constraint that we are facing. We are not a donor funded. We have established our centre as a social enterprise contributing US $ 1333 individually by each of 11 founder members to set up and run the centre. From the very beginning we have very good cooperation and collaboration with the government of Nepal. Government supply us family planning devices, vaccines and we also have signed Memorandum of Understanding with them to provide free maternity care to women who come to give birth in our centre. Therefore, we provide free of cost maternity care to all women who deliver in our centre. We provide whole range of sexual and reproductive health services to urban poor families. These include family planning, antenatal care, delivery, postnatal care, safe abortion care, immunisation, STI treatment and management, etc.
In Nepal, so far we know two birthing centres established by two big hospitals, namely Patan Hospital and Stupa Community Hospital have been closed down due to number of reasons and we don't want to add up with this stories.
Therefore, we are seeking help from you all to make our effort sustainable to help women to give birth as per their choices and empower and build confident of nurses to work independently. In Nepal, we don't have a midwife so nurses provide maternity care including others.
I would appreciate if you could help us volunteering your time if you are travelling to Nepal.
Look forward to getting your support.