Rahima was especially proud that she was able to attend her grandson’s birth. Her knowledge of best practices for moms and babies helped launch him toward a healthy, productive life.
"I am happy to have qualified [as a birth attendant]. Now I want the same thing to happen with my grandson. I desire him to be a doctor," Rahima Begum says.
Rahima, 45, is a trained midwife in Durgapur Union, Bangladesh. She recently attended World Vision’s five-day course on emergency obstetrics, safe motherhood, and infant care. She also participated in a three-day refresher training World Vision offered for traditional birth attendants.
Yet Rahima’s service to the community goes beyond serving as a midwife. She also advocates to make Durgpur Union safe for all community members, promoting safe drinking water, prevention of water-borne diseases, healthy nutrition, and optimal hygiene practices.
Photo credit: 2013 Gloria Das/World Vision
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