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Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Kate Norgrove

For Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, describes her experience of giving birth and why she is passionate about Healthy Start – our new campaign with health professionals for quality health care for all by 2030.

Nearly three years after giving birth to my daughter, I’m still haunted by the memory of bleeding heavily, alone with my newborn, just 10 days later. As I waited, anxiously and in pain, for an ambulance, my mind was a jumble of thoughts from urgent to bizarre: what was happening? Was my baby OK? What would the paramedics think about the state of my living room?

Mary Mwape, Lubwe Mission Hospital, Zambia."A labour ward without water is a danger to the life of newborn children," says Mary Mwape, a midwife at Lubwe Mission Hospital, Zambia.

Reflecting on my own trauma now, I wonder what my chances would have been in a country where the medical facilities were less well-equipped.

Read the full article on Independent Nurse >

Kate Norgrove is WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns. She tweets as @katenorgrove.

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