Committed to Learning Everything She Can to Improve Women’s Health

This article first ran on USAID Momentum.

“People-centered care helps me to understand a client’s method of choice, how best the method can be delivered, and the relevant support to be offered to an RH [reproductive health] client,” says Miriam Nabatanzi Bwete, a midwife at Biva Maternity and Health Clinic in Uganda. Miriam has been a midwife for 20 years, but she continues to grow and learn in her profession. She recently received training from MOMENTUM in offering person-centered postpartum family planning services using the Counseling for Choice (C4C) contraceptive counseling approach.

Using knowledge from her training, Miriam supports women to make informed decisions about their health. In addition to welcoming clients and setting the right environment for them, she also helps them open up about their sexual and reproductive health concerns by actively listening. “I provide relevant information about contraception methods and their benefits, how each method should be administered, and even follow up to ensure that the client is well and happy.”

Private health care is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care systems, and private providers are an increasingly important source of care in low- and middle-income countries. Through Population Services International (PSI) Uganda, MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery supports health providers in facilities like the Biva Maternity and Health Clinic by providing training and capacity-strengthening tools.

Take a look at the Counseling for Choice tools and resources developed by PSI to learn how MOMENTUM supports midwives like Miriam to provide person-centered, high-quality reproductive health care.

Banner image: Miriam Nabatanzi Bwete, midwife (right).

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