Save the Mother, Save the World
Around the world, approximately 800 women die every day from birth-related injuries. More than half of these are in sub-Saharan Africa. The Barbara May Foundation funds projects that provide dignity and safety for underprivileged women in birth.


Regular or One-off


Doctors & Midwives


Be Twice the Doctor

Providing lifesaving maternal healthcare
in regional and remote Africa

Established in 2009, the Barbara May Foundation (BMF) provides funding to Australian medical professionals Valerie Browning AM and Dr Andrew Browning AM. They run projects in regional and remote Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan) that relieve the high incidence of death and extreme injury in pregnancy and childbirth. They provide safety, dignity and hope. Maternal healthcare and medical services are provided at no cost, regardless of race or religion.

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We would like to introduce you to a new initiative for the Foundation - March To Safe Birth: The Power of Two. During the month of March we are asking you to take part in ANY activity of your choice (have some fun with this!) and gain support from your friends and family with the aim of raising $200 - the cost of a safe birth in remote and regional Africa. You can raise more or less, do it on your own or create a team with your friends! Join us now to give underprivileged women in Africa dignity and safety in birth! Link in bio!! 🧡🧡 ...

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Dr Andrew Browning AM is considered one of the most experienced fistula surgeons in the world. Along with funding prevention strategies, the Foundation now funds Andrew's work in fistula repair in Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan through Maternity Africa. They also undertake extensive outreach programmes to find women who due to their remote locations, lack of education or access to to maternal services, do not know help is available. All medical requirements and care, and ongoing counselling, are provided for free. ...

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This Tuesday just passed, was the celebration of Ethiopian Christmas Day. All of us from the Barbara May Foundation would like to wish our patients, our nurses & doctors, and all of those that support us, Happy Ethiopian Christmas! Melkam Genna 🧡 ...

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Year of the Nurse and the Midwife – 2020

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. They are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children. They give lifesaving immunizations and health advice. They look after sick people and generally meet everyday essential health needs. They are often the first and only point of care in their communities.
Maternity Africa recognises the nurses and midwives that work so professionally with love, care and attention at Kiviulini Maternity Centre. Thank you for being so diligent.
According to the World Health Organization the world needs nine million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. Maternity Africa looks forward to the future with hope and confidence, with aspirations to develop further the skills of its own midwives and others in the surrounding communities.
If you would like to support the work of Maternity Africa, please follow the link below. Thank you.

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The Gelada Baboon is one of the many native wildlife species that you will have the opportunity to see on the Simien Mountains Trek with the Barbara May Foundation in October 2020! For more information on the trek, click the link in our bio 🧡 ...

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Join us tonight December 5 at Bradman Oval for the Bowral Family Carols. Our pretty rainbow candles will be available for $3 each with all proceeds going to provide safe birth in Africa for underprivileged women. A big thanks to Di Jones Real Estate for sponsoring the candles again this year! ...

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