They might just have the help of a so-called ‘traditional birth attendant’, especially if they live in rural areas.
Of all deliveries in Tanzania, only 51pc are assisted by a skilled nurse or midwife. As a girl, I loved children and was fascinated by pregnancy.
Like mothers anywhere, they’re anxious about caring for their baby without much money and how a new addition to the family might affect their lives.
That’s why my colleagues and I don’t just deliver babies.
But helping mothers to give birth by the light of candles, kerosene lamps – or even mobile phones – is not unusual if you’re a midwife in Africa.
Once, I was helping a mother deliver her baby in the middle of the night when the power went off.
Delivering a baby can be challenging, as we've seen from the latest series of Call the Midwife.
Delivering a baby in the dark is even more challenging.Mary’s e-learning programme has been supported by the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and GSK, through GSK’s initiative to reinvest 20 per cent of profits in developing countries back into strengthening the health care infrastructure in those countries.The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.I’ll then start on my ward round, checking up on post-natal cases.I’m involved in deliveries from start to finish and the length of my working day varies depending on the number of cases we’ve got.Usually, I’ll get to work about 7.30am, when I’ll look at the night nurses’ report.