Teenager delivers babies by herself on visit to African maternity unit (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Teenager delivers babies by herself on visit to African maternity unit
2:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
AT 18 years old Jordan Meek can already boast a newborn namesake, after spending three weeks delivering babies in Uganda.
The Hardenhuish School pupil returned from the trip last week, which was funded by a barn dance she organised at Neston Memorial Hall in April.
She said: “I wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who went.
“I was hoping to raise £200 towards my £600 target, but when we counted up the total there was £630 from the one evening, which was amazing.
“That covered all the fundraising, with some left over to go towards medical equipment for the centre.”
She has just finished the first year of her A-levels, and hopes to study midwifery at university.
She said: “I went out with a retired midwife and GP, and worked in the maternity unit.
“Once I had seen a few deliveries and been taught what to do, I was able to conduct one all by myself.
“I delivered a baby boy who was 4.5kg who they named Samuel. It was very quick but such an amazing thing to be a part of.
“I also delivered a 3kg girl, who they named Jordan after myself.
“I was very much thrown in at the deep end. It was quite scary. You have this precious little thing that you are held responsible for, but it was a really good learning process.”
The maternity unit at the Boroboro Health Centre where she stayed handles 40 births a month but has only six beds and one usable delivery room.
“It was very basic; they don’t have any running water, and the power went off a couple of times, so we were delivering babies by candlelight,” she said.
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