“In the last couple of weeks I have delivered no fewer than 10 babies, including triplets, twins, one C-section, one breech and one vacuum assist! I used to dislike the sound of a baby’s cry, but now it is a sound that provides an innate sense of relief and happiness"
Interested in working for MSF as a midwife? In the video above, midwife Sam talks about some of her experiences working for MSF in Congo, and about what it takes to work for MSF in the field.
As a midwife with MSF, your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential. You could be involved in setting up a mother-child health department in a rural clinic, providing reproductive health care from mobile clinics or treating patients in an urban hospital.
Your training skills will be crucial because you may be assigned to help traditional birth attendants develop new skills. At the same time, you will need to learn from the women you treat to understand cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.
- Valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Irish Nursing Board registration
- Significant post-qualification experience as a midwife
- Experience in supervising, managing and training others
- Experience in supervising and management
- Willingness to be regularly on call for difficult and complicated deliveries
- Available for a minimum of nine months
- Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
- Willingness to work in unstable areas
- Adaptable and able to work in a multi-cultural team
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Strong French skills
- Tropical nursing diploma
- Knowledge of STDs/HIV/AIDS
- Family planning experience
- Community midwifery experience
Please note that in order to work with MSF as a mid-wife, it is not necessary to also be qualified as a nurse