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I dream of becoming a midwife

I dream of becoming a midwife

My name is Kunthea Ny and I dream of becoming a midwife. It all started about one year ago when Green Gecko Project sponsored me to attend a humanitarianism and leadership symposium in Phnom Penh. It was there that I met my idol, Robin Lim – a midwife and the founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics. Robin helps thousands of low-income women in Indonesia achieve healthy pregnancies and successful births. I was so inspired – I instantly knew I wanted to do the same thing for women in Cambodia. I want to open my own midwifery clinic and offer free services to the many women in my country that are afraid to see a doctor or that don’t have access to a hospital. Or the free hospital is too full and they have to sell their land in order to afford to pay for a private hospital. I began watching YouTube clips about midwifery. Then, unexpectedly, my Green Gecko Project sister went into labor. There was no one about and there wasn’t enough time to get her to the hospital. I wasn’t ready to deliver a baby yet, but I had no choice. Her water broke. My sister was on the ground and pushed. I had never touched a newborn baby before. At first, it was yucky as he came out and then when he started crying, I felt pity. I didn’t want him to feel sad. But then, I felt nothing but love for him and for my sister, who had a big smile on her face. I wasn’t confident to cut the...