Cherubin's story

Midwifery and Nursing Education at ISSI in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Training at ISSI has given Cherubin the skills to supervise midwifery trainees in the future.

Before enrolling at ISSI, Cherubin worked in a maternity ward where she accompanied women through labour, delivery and provided postpartum care. She has spent the last 7 years providing theoretical and practical training to nurses.

Cherubin decided to study at ISSI to gain the skills needed to train midwives to better understand their role in the practice of midwifery.

Her inspiration to study midwifery came from her desire to contribute to lowering maternal and neonatal mortality rates. As midwives are essential to the reduction of maternity and infant mortality rates, Cherubin recognised that training midwives with the skills and expertise to improve healthcare for women and children was critical. Her enrolment at ISSI has “helped [her] to understand the role of the midwife in maternal and infant healthcare”.

Cherubin’s training has given her many new skills, such as providing holistic, person-centred care. This involves providing care based on evidence, reflective practice, and clinical judgement.

She has become more empathetic in her communication, which has allowed her to have a better relationship with her patients and foster trust. 

ISSI has taught Cherubin the importance of involving the community to provide maternity healthcare, and to provide women with the best healthcare by using means locally available.

Cherubin’s midwife trainer has influenced her perspective on maternal and infant health. Cherubin was “inspired by her teaching method, and her encouragement to each trainee to actively participate in group work to improve team spirit and use of the reflective practice in imparting knowledge and skills”.

Cherubin “take[s] immense pride in [her] ability to confidently support a woman through labour, guiding her pain management, and facilitating a delivery without resorting to episiotomies or tears”.

She recognises how the training she has received at ISSI has taught her the importance of treating women and their families with dignity and respect, and now feels able to “enhance the quality of care within [her] community”.

“I would like to thank the funders of this training from the bottom of my heart and ask them to continue supporting people who wish to undertake this training”.