Amaka R. Elochukwu, Andrew Ewere, and Yinka Sokunbi

Amaka R. Elochukwu has practiced as a registered midwife in Nigeria since 2013. She is also a registered nurse, registered public health nurse, sexual and reproductive health specialist, and family planning services provider. Her passion for midwifery is to save the lives of the mother and child, as Nigeria has a high maternal and child/infant mortality ratio. She is encouraged to see a slight reduction in the rate of maternal death recently in the area in which she practices. She likes working in rural areas and areas short of qualified health care practitioners assisting with childbirth. She is also a writer, a researcher, and has an interest in cosmetics and fashion as well as animation movies.

Andrew Ewere is the Founder/President of Gentle Birth Education Centre Nigeria. He has been practising midwifery and herbal gynaecology since the 1960s and has been a birth educator since 2000. He is a trained traditional midwife, assisting thousands of women to have a physiological homebirth. His present area of interest is to provide qualitative birth education, information and exercise to help Nigerian women have sound, healthy and safer deliveries, thus reducing maternal and neonatal deaths. As a herbal gynaecologist, he is also involved in assisting infertile couples to have a child or children of their own through the use of natural herbs.

Yinka Sokunbi is a Registered Nurse, trained and qualified in the UK with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Midwifery Studies. She has a strong passion for improving the health and well-being of women especially in her home country Nigeria. She obtained a Masters degree (MSc) in Public Health and Health Promotion in Brunel University Middlesex, England.

Before relocating to Nigeria, Mrs. Sokunbi worked as a midwife with a few NHS hospitals in London UK. She has worked as a midwife across all areas of the maternity unit. This care included preventive measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, accessing of medical or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

Her most valued experience was as a community midwife where she was involved in the provision of integrated care for a defined caseload within the community setting where she also attended home births. Mrs. Sokunbi is also a trained provider in the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course and has also completed the teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice course.

Mrs Sokunbi is the Director of FOCUS International Midwifery Service in Lagos, Nigeria. How she envisions the future of birth and midwifery: For birth to be respected as a natural non-medical process that needs very little or no control. Midwifery care should emphasise competent prenatal care, education, and empowerment for the woman giving birth.

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