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Tonight as the world goes into a deep slumber, with tired souls, a broken heart, rejected partner or spouse .There is one woman( the midwife) today who will make a difference in the lives of her citizens starting from her home, village, state, country or continent. This woman will be far much awake before dawn as men and children fall into dreams of bliss. This woman will bring life to the world. The story of this woman will be made possible by the Web 2.0, by the strength of a fellow woman who will go out of the way to tell the story of a heroin as it is.
I am compelled to write this story because of finding Pulse Wire two months ago, and with the help of Web 2.0, it will touch and highlight the most captivating experiences nurses and midwives in Kenya undergo to save women lives during labor.
“One young midwife went into labor three weeks ago ,and decided to deliver in the same hospital she works in, however a misfortune happened after about two hours post delivery ,thugs broke into the hospital ,found three nurses in labor ward, beat and tied them with ropes and raped one nurse. These was unknown to her until when she found it disturbing that women were screaming in labor ward and no midwife was attending to them. With the pain of the delivery and bleeding, she wrapped her baby well in a shawl and put her on the bed, then walked slowly to find out why. As a professional she knew too well that any voice in distress should be attended to. Alas! There was no midwife around. At that moment, a mother was almost pushing out the baby on her own, so the delivered midwife went to rescue the other woman and delivered her safely ,soon after another one came from home straight into labor ward and the baby was almost out, she delivered the second one, and a third one. She knew there was something very strange, she tried to look around for the nurses and found them tied. She untied them and looked for help to search for the third nurse who had been defiled by the thugs”.
This story was captured on only one out of five print media with casual approach. Meanwhile because I work in The National Nurses Association my next step is to open email accounts to 1000 midwives majority who are women, in the rural areas to connect them with the world so that they too can share their stories and innovation while trying to reduce the maternal mortality. This will happen in October 2011 at the Annual Nurses Scientific Conference. Also The Ministry of Health has been giving out computers to midlevel hospitals and hope in future the Association can plan for basic computer knowledge for her members.


usha kc's picture

Lucia sis,, what a touching

Lucia sis,, what a touching story you shared! It has highlightened the importance and the role of web 2.0. I liked it very much and i appriciate your work .
thank you for sharing.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you Usha

I want to appreciate all your interest in moving on with the pulse.Thank you

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

usha kc's picture

Dear sis,, as i noticed you

Dear sis,, as i noticed you tagged it wrongly. please check it and make a correction for tagging.

Carlotta's picture

Im so moved by your story.

Im so moved by your story. That was one very brave midwife who deserves to have monuments erected in her name. Wow, i dont know what to say!! And best wishes with your plans to open e-mail accounts for rural midwives, hope they will also be joining us at world pulse. I'm sure they all have their own intriguing stories to tell. God bless you. I see you finally got the tag right. Well done!

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Dearest Carlotta

Thank you ,for having given me the support to tag well the assignment ,am thrilled by your comments and taking time to appreciate a fellow sister.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thanlk you

Thank you Carlotta,
I am living my heart,s desires,perhaps we share the same qualities of writing.When I hold a pen my creativity can be at its best.I hope the world will appreciate the work of this women who bring life to the world.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

YAOtieno's picture

I salute the midwife

That was one brave midwife. It is hard to find people with courage under stressful circumstances.

Thanks for sharing the story.

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you Sister

I see you also have great piece of work here.Keep it up.
Good day

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Paulina Lawsin's picture


You have a well written piece. Nice story telling. And the subject is amazingly brave. Long live the midwives of this world!

And hope the rapists will be punished.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you mum

Paulina thank the Association will not rest until the culprits face the law.Long live all women of courage and resilience

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

KathyG's picture

Others may sleep but not you...

Thank you for an emotional, engaging, and hopeful piece. I look forward to reading more about the hard working midwives and nurses in Kenya. It is wonderful to read how you plan to use the internet and email to share experiences and innovation to your community. It will be interesting to hear more how the computers and access to the web change your lives.

Keep on writing!

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Wow Kathy,thanks

Thank you dearest friend,am happy that web 2.0 is spreading like bush fire.
Good day and wish to add you in my community.
God Bless

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

kati.mayfield's picture


Dear Lucia,

Thank you for this piece, which gives us a look into the risks these midwives take to deliver babies into this world. Before reading your story I was not aware of the perils that midwives and, I assume, many other health professionals face if their place of work is not secure. It is hard to believe that those thugs chose midwives as their prey. And it is also hard to believe that there was not a public uproar following the event.

Thank you for delivering this story and this issue to us, and for revealing your plan to empower midwives in your community to speak up, as you are doing.

I look forward to reading more,


*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you Kati

Thank you so much my dear sister,to add more insult to the efforts of midwives the local newspaper on sunday carried a heading the 'the midwives of death',stories of how women suffer in the hands of midwives.Ofcourse it is just absurd how news is delivered to the public about health professionals.There is alot of constraint in developing countries to have the best maternities and midwives have to cope with so much difficulties,I also dont deny that within the professionals we have individuals who are working for the sake of earning a living.
I will share more and hope to also read your piece of work

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

zoneziwoh's picture

my God! what the hell is

my God! What the hell is this. What is really wrong with people? Rape in the maternal ward--that is insane. Dear sisters, we need to quicken our actions.
oh no, I am still feeling bad. I cant hold myself. thank you for sharing this story. Indeed, midwives - they are hold our lives, without them--we wouldn’t be rightup

Dear, Could you let us know which hospital did this happen? This is wield. It therefore means Midwives security is at stake. Dear please, you are their torchlight and i am glad to hear that you have intention to subscribe at least 1000 into the web 2.0 space.

Stay Blessed



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aimeeknight's picture

Hello Lucia, Thank you for

Hello Lucia,
Thank you for sharing such a powerful story, what an amazing and brave women! You have demonstrated how Web 2.0 can be used to bring a voice to stories that would otherwise go unnoticed. I look forward to hearing more from you.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

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