Adiza Maida, a committed midwife, encourages women to deliver at the clinic
UNICEF details the picture of men and women in Ghana who work for children’s survival. Here, midwife Adiza Maida, tells her story.
By Madeleine Logan
TOLON, GHANA, 02 May 2013 - Adiza Maida is a midwife in Tolon District in the Northern Region of Ghana – the region with the lowest rate of women delivering with a skilled birth attendant (37 per cent according to the 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey). Adiza tries to encourage more women to go to the clinic to deliver. She gives her mobile number to every expectant mother she sees at Antenatal Clinics so they can call her when they are in labour. UNICEF Ghana caught up with Adiza at an outreach clinic she was running in Chirifoyili community in Tolon District.
"I am the midwife for the Tolon District, in the Northern Region of Ghana. We have 76 communities in our care and only two midwives so we are always on call. On Saturday, I was out of town when I was called back to the clinic to help save a mother. We ended up having to send her to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, about 40 minutes away, for a caesarean.
"On Tuesday, I delivered a mother who had come to an antenatal care outreach clinic. She didn’t say anything but I could see she was in labour. I took her to the nearest compound house to deliver her baby. One day I was on my motorbike when I saw a woman lying in the grass with a young man next to her. She had been coming to the clinic on a bicycle, and said she had a pain in her stomach. I put her on the back on my motorbike and by the time she got to the clinic she was 9cm dilated. She could have had the baby in the bush.
"I am at an outreach clinic today. Because we care for so many communities, we have outreach nearly every day. Our clinic’s car is broken down at the moment, so I had to borrow my cousin’s car to come here today. I didn’t want to disappoint the mothers. We saw more than 100 mothers and their children today. We give immunisations and vitamin A tablets, weigh the babies and give information on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. We also counsel mothers who have psychological problems after giving birth.
"All the mothers we see at antenatal care have my mobile phone number. They can call me when they go into labour. All the Traditional Birth Attendants also have my number. They call me if they are delivering a baby in the house and are having problems. I look for a motorbike and try to get there to help.
"What keeps me going is seeing mothers carrying their newborn babies, and they’re full of smiles. No baby should die through no fault of their own."