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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
Rural Outreach Program
ISSN: 1684-5358
EISSN: 1684-5358
Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003
Bioline Code: nd03007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003

 en ROLE OF MIDWIVES IN PROMOTING RURAL HEALTH: A case study and lessons from South India
Deepa Bhat


"What a mother is to a child, an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) is to her community. The ANM nurtures her community. Just as a mother never sleeps, an ANM never sleeps, making herself available at deliveries at all times during the night. An ANM attends to a temporary stomachache and attends to a complicated high-risk pregnancy. Sometimes, just as a child does not listen to their mother at times, the community does not listen, but the ANM continues to do her duty. The ANM is the mother of all children in the village from providing immunization to the 1 year old, to providing counseling to the 15 year old on sexual health, to delivering the child of the 22 year old to advising the mother on breastfeeding of the 24 year old to comforting the 30 year old at the tubectomy camp to assisting the 50 year old grandmother to get a cataract operation. The ANM is present in all stages of life. The ANM serves the community, reports to her PHC, all the while looking after the needs of her husband and her own children."

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