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The Hamlin College of Midwives Welcomes New Midwifery Students! 

We are thrilled to announce that the new class of passionate midwifery students have arrived at the Hamlin College of Midwives. The Hamlin College of Midwives welcomed 20 new students who are very excited about pursuing their four-year Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree. The students had their induction and have started classes. 

new midwifery students sitting on stairs

Meanwhile, second and third year midwifery students are continuing their first semester studies and fourth year students have started their clinical practice placements to conduct first-hand field training in health clinics. Every student studying at the College is on a full Hamlin scholarship, funded by generous donors like you. Thank you for making this possible. 

Hamlin midwifery students in class

The importance of Hamlin Midwives cannot be over-emphasised. In Ethiopia, over 70% of births still take place without a doctor or midwife present. Having Hamlin Midwives stationed in rural areas across the country, ensures more Ethiopian women have access to the quality maternal health care they desperately need. Last year alone, Hamlin Midwives delivered 24,856 babies. Not a single obstetric fistula injury occurred where a Hamlin Midwife was present. 

To date, almost 200 students have graduated from the College and are working in remote areas to prevent fistulas occurring. Gradually, Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream for a midwife in every village of Ethiopia is becoming more of a reality. 

Hamlin midwifery students

Wishing all of our Hamlin midwifery students the very best of luck for a successful year of study!

Your support enables the use of life-saving ultrasound machines 

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has taken another exciting step in the fistula prevention program, with the introduction of new GE portable VSCAN ultrasound machines. Hamlin Midwives and College staff have completed their second round of training with the machines, which assesses the condition of pregnant women and detects abnormalities. 

new midwifery students3 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Over recent months, Hamlin midwifery mentors have traveled to Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics across Ethiopia to conduct over 2,200 ultrasound scans. Scan results were analysed by the mentors and passed on for review by senior physicians, enabling more accurate, early detection of any abnormalities during pregnancy. 

new midwifery students2 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

The ultrasound machines were funded by you, our supporters. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. The use of these machines will ensure more Ethiopian women get the maternal care they need, in an accurate and timely fashion. They will assist Hamlin Midwives in preventing fistula injuries and saving maternal and neonatal lives.

new midwifery students | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Click here to learn more about the Hamlin College of Midwives and Hamlin's Fistula Prevention Program.

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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is fiscally sponsored by KBFUS (EIN582277856) and KBF Canada (RCO769784893RR0001)

Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names and images have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.