The “Community” Midwife

Scholarship Entrant: Theresa from Everett, Washington
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would happen in places far from the western world I grew up in. I love being surrounding by different cultures, immersed in people groups who are entirely different from my own, but sharing an event that all humans participate in. My heart is to become a midwife in a village that needs basic maternal healthcare.
I have a vision to develop a tool box of experience that I can bring into difficult places and provide basic midwifery care to rural communities. The first step will be earning a college degree in midwifery that allows me to gain the experience I’ll need to be a competent midwife. I’ll then find another midwife who has already started a clinic in rural communities, gaining culturally relevant healthcare experience from her, learning the language and culture, and training to build my own clinic in that country. I’ll focus on training local people in midwifery, so that they can administer care to their own people.
For thousands of mothers each year, care from a midwife is the only form of healthcare they will ever receive. With the help of a midwife, maternal outcomes can be changed for these women. To a mother who has no choice in her birth experience, a midwife is a big difference in her world. And I know that will make a difference in our world, one mother, baby, and family at a time.

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