Radha Devi Rana Bhat, Jita Baral, and Laxmi Tamang

Radha Devi Rana Bhat, MSN, works in the fields of midwifery, women’s health and development and reproductive health in Nepal. Radha has been educating other birth professionals, and developing and implementing training programs on reproductive health, midwifery and family planning since the early 1980s. Currently, Radha is a professor at the Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, Nursing Campus in Maharajgunj, Nepal, where she guides bachelor and master level nursing students. Throughout her long, esteemed career, Radha has worked as a trainer and facilitator, teaching untrained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) for Plan International in Nepal; helped modify and adopt core competencies of skilled birth attendants in Nepal; and consulted in clinical skill assessment for the Nepal Safer Motherhood Project in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jita Baral is a midwife as well as a midwifery clinical instructor in Nepal since 2005. She has completed her Bachelor in Nursing in Midwifery. She is the Birth Center coordinator at the Model Health Care Hospital in Pokhara. She says she hopes to promote midwifery practices to reduce the maternal and the neonatal mortality rate of Nepal, which is the highest in Asia.

Laxmi Tamang has a Bachelor of Nursing from Nepal and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She has extensive experience working in different settings, with diverse communities, in hospitals, national and international developmental agencies and educational institutions since 1995.

Laxmi is committed to promote independent midwifery practice in Nepal to encourage natural, holistic and low intervention care for women wherever possible, while being vigilant in recognizing risks and acting promptly and responsibly to achieve safety and well-being to both mother and baby. Her goals are to work toward raising the standards of nursing and midwifery education in Nepal and to work persistently for safe motherhood and women’s empowerment. She helped to establish first and only independent nurse-midwives-led birthing centre in Nepal. Organizations she is a member of: Aadharbhut Prasuti Sewa Kendra (Founder, Managing Director) and Nepal Family Health Centre (Founding member).

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