"I had an opportunity to join one of the surgeons, and the mood in the operating theatre was electrifying. I think this comes from seeing the patients walk through the double doors into theatre with these huge smiles on their face. They know this is going to be a special day for them, and the next big step on their recovery journey..."
"In Britain most women only want two children and as the operation has become safer and safer the threshold for doing a Caesarean has fallen. So safe that we do fewer and fewer complicated vaginal births such as breech or twins. Increasingly we do Caesarean sections on request when there is no medical reason. This amazes my African midwifery and medical colleagues."
I'm a London based obstetrics & gynaecology registrar, with an interest in humanitarian emergencies and their impact on the reproductive health of affected populations.
I have returned to Sierra Leone, the country with the worst recorded maternal mortality in the world, to join a team setting-up a project supporting maternal and child health in Tonkilili.
Together, alongside many healthcare workers who took Ebola head-on we are trying to meet the challenge of reaching women and their children so that they can have a safe birth, and training in the community to ensure a safer future.
In 2014, I worked in Sierra Leone with MSF in an obstetric referral centre. As the Ebola crisis unfurled my activities adapted alongside it. I returned to Sierra Leone in October 2014, working in Ebola Management Centres and providing support for pregnant and lactating women infected with Ebola both here and in Liberia, as well as providing hands on support and training when needed.