“I am honoured and delighted to return to Jakarta, to the clinic of Dr Achmad Mediana and the operating theatre to serve alongside this humble, visionary and experienced professional, a man who is totally dedicated to the people of Indonesia.

Indonesia has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world; thus, the core of our work is focused on developing safety practices for birthing mothers and newborn babies. We aim to achieve better birth outcomes through educating women on complementary alternative therapies and the practices we have developed in-house so that pregnant women approach labour fully prepared physically, mentally and emotionally. These factors have been shown to significantly improve birth outcomes, from reducing the need for caesarean births and episiotomies to faster recovery rates.

Though our operating theatres may not be as well-equipped as those in hospitals of developed countries, we have the necessary emergency equipment and commitment to our patients’ well-being to compensate for lack of expensive machineries. Our strength lies in the close relationships between our small team of theatre staff, and the practices we have adopted to increase the safety of our patients, such as limiting the number of surplus personnel and movement in the theatre. Being simple and basic also means that it is easier for us, based on our limited resources, to adhere to strict principles of sterility.

Our next phase of development is improving mother and child welfare through an integrated database system and making our services more widely available without compromising on the quality of our care.”

On Childbirth, Yoga and the Realities of Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9e826bup4U

A new piece of research has shown that a pregnant woman can transmit the damaging effects of stress to her unborn child through the placenta, and researchers believe that this new finding could explain known links between maternal stress and disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Brief article on: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2288025/Pregnant-women-transmit-damaging-effects-stress-placenta.html


Jacqueline was also Director of The Atoms Project, a UK Department of Trade & Industry SMART Award initiative.
https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11085  (A woman's place is in the laboratory Article | Published in The TES on 12 May, 1995 | By: Valerie Hall)