Legendary midwife dies at age 96

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Legendary midwife dies at age 96

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As i had promise to my friend Peggy i want to honor also a truly wonderful person who lived a remarkable life!

Rhodanthe, the midwife

Rhodanthe was passionate about new mothers and their babies. In fact, she spent more than 65 years catering for them. It’s calculated that she assisted 23,000 local mothers and their newborns.

She was so concerned about their welfare, that she wrote No one right way—a handbook for parents coping with the first three months of their baby’s life. This book was first published in 2004. It highlights the fact that there is no one right way to raise a baby.

Η Ροδάνθη η μαία

Η Rhodanthe ήταν παθιασμένη με τις νέες μητέρες και τα μωρά τους. Στην πραγματικότητα, πέρασε πάνω από 65 χρόνια φροντίζοντάς τους. Υπολογίζεται ότι βοήθησε 23.000 μητέρες και τα νεογέννητά τους. 

Ήταν τόσο ανήσυχη για την ευημερία τους, που έγραψε  ένα εγχειρίδιο για τους γονείς που αντιμετωπίζουν τους πρώτους τρεις μήνες της ζωής του μωρού τους. Το βιβλίο αυτό δημοσιεύθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 2004. Επισημαίνει το γεγονός ότι δεν υπάρχει κανένας σωστός τρόπος για να μεγαλώσετε ένα μωρό.

 

Baby Care by Rhodanthe LipsettAn updated and revised edition of that book was released in 2012 with the new name of Baby care: nurturing your baby your way.

Rhodanthe specified that royalties from the book should support the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives. She believed Indigenous women would have improved pregnancy and birth outcomes if their care came from midwives who shared their culture and language. This led to the creation of The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Trust. The trust provides scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders studying to become midwives. Last year, 14 students received scholarships worth $54,000.

 

In 2012 and at age 90, Rhodanthe was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra for a lifetime of services to baby and maternal health. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992.

Το 2012 και στην ηλικία των 90 ετών, απονεμήθηκε στη  Ροδάνθη  διδακτορικό δίπλωμα από το Πανεπιστήμιο της Καμπέρα για μια ζωή υπηρεσιών για την υγεία του μωρού και της μητέρας. Της απονεμήθηκε επίσης ένα μετάλλιο του Τάγματος της Αυστραλίας το 1992.

I could go on and on about Rhodanthe, but I’ll leave you with some options to explore. Here’s a link to the news item about her honorary doctorate. Here’s a link to a short history about her life (includes a link to an interview with her).

Legendary midwife dies at age 96

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