Midwifery in Metu – meet Firomi
Firomi is having a busy day. Since she and her fellow Hamlin midwife joined their rural health clinic in 2018, word has got around the community about the excellent maternal health care available and more and more women are attending the clinic.
“The high-quality care we are providing at the clinic has brought a significant change in increasing the number of clients seeking our services. This, together with Hamlin’s additional support to equip the clinic grabs the attention of the community and helps us to get their full trust” she explains.
Firomi, 26, trained at the Hamlin College of Midwifery and on graduating was deployed by Hamlin and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in partnership to Sibbo government health centre in rural Oromia region. Crucially this is close to where Firomi was born and raised in the city of Metu, giving her vital knowledge of the community’s local languages and customs.
She estimates she has already attended over 2,000 safe deliveries and has dealt with many birth complications that could have required a hospital referral if it was not for her swift interventions.
“The training we got at the college equipped us both in theory and practice. We already have enough experience before graduation which makes us confident professionals serving our community” she told us.
Looking ahead, Firomi’s goal is to achieve a second degree in another related health field, but for now she is busy making a huge contribution to improving women’s maternal health in Metu.