Message from the Director - Midwifery
Fernandez Foundation is a not for profit organisation. Midwifery training had commenced in Fernandez based on international standards since 2011. The Foundation is now involved in training nurse midwife educators for midwifery education training with the University of East Lancashire, the Government of India and World Health Organisation (WHO). The nurse midwifery educators come from five states in India. I arrived in 2017 initially on a year’s sabbatical and my role in India is to support and embed professional midwifery training.
Fernandez Foundation trained thirty nurses in Telangana with the State Government of Telangana and UNICEF. These thirty nurses are now scattered around Telangana as far as the tribal belts in Adilabad making a difference to the women they are birthing.
Our vision is ensuring that each and every student contributes to the provision of holistic, responsive and compassionate midwifery care with an emphasis on respect, dignity and kindness. This theme is translated in all training modules and teaching.
Students are taught to recognise and work within the limitations of their own knowledge, skills and professional boundaries and work effectively within the multi-disciplinary team with the intent of building professional caring relationships.
We believe that midwifery educator’s training needs to be clinically placed ensuring theory is translated into practice. A student's experience of clinical practice alongside an experienced practitioner forms an important part of the process of learning.
Midwives care for women and their babies during a life event that has an impact on the future of families. It is a profession, which is female oriented and a practice which can be subject to the feelings of both the professionals and clients. Learning to be a midwife is learning to be powerful.
Professional knowledge and expertise are different from nursing as the focus is to promote expectations of health and well-being, rather than a role of caring for the sick. Midwives will be taught to develop their knowledge and skills through their experiences in practice as well as through formal knowledge.
P Sunitha Rao
Principal School Of Nursing
Message from the Principal
Evidence shows that quality midwifery care, provided by midwives educated to international standards, reduces maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirth rates by 83% and with 56% improved maternal and newborn health outcomes. The need for professional midwives in maternity services has long been recognized on a global level. India urgently needs professional midwives. With this background, the Indian Nursing Council has made a landmark decision to introduce the Post Basic Diploma in Nurse Practitioner in Midwifery. This role will create a cadre of Nurse practitioners who are skilled and competent.
Nurse Practitioners in Midwifery course is a paradigm shift towards creating Midwives who are skilled, knowledgeable and provide compassionate care for childbearing women, new-born infants and families across the continuum throughout pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life. The main responsibilities include optimising normal biological, psychological, social and cultural processes of reproduction and early life; timely prevention and management of complications; consultation with and referral to other services. They provide care that is formed by a core belief that birth is a physiological process.
Therefore, I deem this as an incredible opportunity for all aspiring midwives to be a part of this momentous journey.
I am Harika and my husband's name is Vinay. I delivered second time in Fernandez. I was unable to deliver normally, then my Midwife Ms. Madhavi (Midwifery educator trainee from AP) has support me and explained how to cope with pain by suggesting exercises the gym ball and advised me to walk around. Hence I was able to deliver the baby easily. Thank you midwife Madhavi for supporting me when I didn’t feel strong enough to give birth to my baby; I felt she supported me just like how my Mother would have supported me. I felt my neighbours and friends would have supported me the same as Fernandez Midwives. My midwife looked after me even after my delivery, checked my pulse, BP and baby heartbeat also if the bleeding is controlled or not at every minute. All the aspects concerning birth was taken care. I felt very happy and felt I am at my home. So, I didn't have any fear at the time of my delivery. Thank you.
I’am Sankeerthana Jaiswal and my husband’s name is Tarun Jaiswal. This is my first delivery and I have come to Fernandez as my cousins, friends and even my mother in law delivered here and they all said “this is the best hospital for the normal delivery”. I got admitted yesterday, the doctors and the midwives here are very helpful. I was struggling a lot since yesterday to give birth and I was so tired that I asked a Doctor and Nurse to do C-section. But the midwives here and the one who is sitting next to me Ms. Mallika (ME Trainee- AP) helped me a lot, she is like a second mother to my baby. She was the one who encouraged me to not to give up and suggested birthing on “all fours position” and that really helped me a lot. I gave birth to a normal cute baby boy. I'm very happy that I birthed normally as it is my first delivery. I would recommend every youth especially every woman expecting her first baby to come here to Fernandez for that matter any branch as the midwives and the doctors here are very helpful. As you can see look at my baby, isn’t he cute and healthy? this happened with the help of my midwife sitting next to me. Thank you Ms Mallika and Thank you Fernandez