The Hamlin Model of Care for treatment of obstetric fistula injuries considers both the physical impact and psychological trauma of this childbirth injury. As well as treating injuries, we empower women and girls and help sustain their well-being. The Hamlin College of Midwives in Ethiopia was established to increase the number of qualified birth attendants in rural areas, helping prevent obstetric fistulas from occurring in the first place.
Women with obstetric fistulas have suffered great trauma, but this does not need to be the end of their stories. We have the knowledge and skills to help them recover. We simply need the collective action and means to make this vision a reality.
My wish is for my dream to come true, to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.Dr Catherine Hamlin AC