CAC Akilling Region holds seminar for midwives, trains on educational, professional, ministerial midwifery

By Ayilara Dare

To overcome implications and become knowledgeable about practices of maternal health care, Christ Apostolic Church, Akilling region has held her first seminar for midwives in the region.

The seminar is themed "The Implication of Safety Education on Knowledge and Practice of Maternal Health Care among Midwives in Christ Apostolic Church" from Gen 38:27-30.

The seminar started on Monday, November 27 and ended on Wednesday 29, 2023, at the Akilling Regional Headquarters, 5 Shiaba Street, Agege, Lagos State.

The midwives seminar, aimed at improving the knowledge of maternal health issues by correctly describing and analyzing maternal health issues, improving maternal health care and practices among midwives, was declared opened by the coordinator of the Akilling Region Faith Home Department and Superintendent, Kingdom Zone, Pastor J.A. Akinleye.

In his welcome address, the Akilling regional Superintendent, Pastor E.A. Olusoko, laid emphasis on transforming midwives and helping them display professionalism, skills with knowledge.

Showing appreciation to God, as well as the Coordinator, guest Speaker and the entire congregation for making up another powerful seminar, Pastor Olusoko welcomed everyone to the training.

The guest speaker, Dr. Mrs. P.O. Ogunmola said, the theme explains it all, explaining that, "it is important that you show evidence of improved knowledge of mother-child HIV transmission by stating ways of preventing this transmission hence, a midwife must be very careful and sensitive to every detail during delivery and during check ups."

Describing midwifery as a calling into God's service, a ministry of mother and child, before childbirth and after, Dr. Ogunmola added that safety education and practice of maternal care with the Church Authority and government authorities, cooperation with your Church faith home committee rules, are necessary keys.

She noted that, there's a need for rapid initial assessment and emergency management, meaning that midwives must be ready to respond to emergency at all time.

Dr. Ogunmola explained to the midwives about being at alert to care and refer diseases and complications during childbirth, because according to her, "there are situations you can't handle alone, signs of satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress at first stage of labour, basic care during second stage and assisting normal delivery, if anything goes beyond this, it is expected to refer to safer place ( govt hospital)."

Moreover, the seminar is the second edition and first of it's kind in Lagos State because it was facilitated by Pastor Ayo Akinleye the Akilling Region Midwives Coordinator in conjunction with Dr. (Mrs.) A. I. Ogunade who is seminarian of CAC theological seminary Idimu Lagos in other to help CAC midwives in Lagos State to be approved and recognized by state government.

Lagos State Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Mrs. Dorcas Shonibare was represented by Head of Lagos State regulatory and monitoring body for Nursing Practitioners and Midwives was on ground to present lectures on midwives professionalism and the way forward with requirements to be recognized and approved by Lagos State government.

Dr. Mrs. Tolulope Oluwole and Mrs. Obey who is the Deputy Director of nurses and midwives in Lagos promised to help Christ Apostolic Church in Lagos for approval and registration when call upon for assistance under missionary child birth health workers and faith home clinic in Lagos State.

The vote of thanks was given by the Secretary faith home department, Mrs. E. O. Oyeneye.

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