REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROMOTION IN KOSOVO

Authors

  • Jeanne Raisler CNM, DrPH, FACNM,

  • Michele Heymann CNM, FNP-C, MSN

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    • Michele Heymann graduated as a family nurse-midwife in 1983 from the Frontier School of Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nursing. She has practiced full-scope midwifery in a wide variety of settings in the United States and overseas. Her international work has included 2 years as a nursing and midwifery lecturer and Ministry of Health consultant in Malawi, the development and implementation of the Kosovo Women's Health Project, and teaching Life Saving Skills in Ethiopia for the Global Outreach section of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Ms. Heymann was a faculty member of the Institute for Midwifery, Women and Health and implemented a new mobile maternity clinic (the M.O. Mobile) in Phoenix, Arizona.


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ABSTRACT

Relief agencies that specialize in postwar emergency relief and then work to contribute to sustainable development as the crisis ends are increasingly recognizing the positive impact of midwifery care and training on reproductive health outcomes. Midwives are finding work and developing new roles in postwar reconstruction and refugee health care. This article describes the experiences of a nurse-midwife who worked for Mercy Corps International in Kosovo and launched the Kosovo Women's Health Promotion Project. A short history of the conflict in Kosovo, the effects of the war on its people and the health care system, a description of women's health care, and the status of women in Kosovo are included.

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