midwife

Catherine

Image supplied by Amber Hooper

Image supplied by Amber Hooper

Meet Catherine. Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin AC is the co-founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and the Hamlin College of Midwives. Catherine and her husband Reg initially went to Ethiopia in the late 1950s to train midwives, but they could not ignore the terrible plight of the obstetric fistula patients. Together the Hamlins perfected the modern technique for obstetric fistula surgery and their team has treated more than 43,000 women. Reg died in 1993 but Catherine continues their life’s work, living in a mud brick cottage at the hospital by the river. Catherine is a Companion of the Order of Australia, a National Living Treasure of Australia and a two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Now in her 90s, Catherine continues to inspire a team of surgeons and her loyal Ethiopian staff, some of whom have been with her since 1959. She is a Strong Woman.

To find out more about Dr Catherine's work, visit Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia - Dr Catherine Hamlin orwww.hamlin.org.au