Filmmaking Tips and Tricks for Cinematographers and Grips

first_imgHere are some professional tricks of the trade from the man who literally wrote the book on being a grip.Top image Californiacation set via ShutterstockI am currently reading Michael G. Uva’s The Grip Book, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a must-read for all of those considering getting into filmmaking and video production.This book is full of photos and detailed illustrations showing you everything from clamps and camera mounts to safety ties and taco carts. There are even accompanying how-to videos on the Focal Press website.The book’s author Michael G. Uva has agreed to an interview with PremiumBeat, so keep your eyes peeled in the weeks ahead — and if you have any questions about grip work, sound off in the comments below.In the meantime, here are some great secrets to filmmaking and a few of Uva’s Tricks of the Trade.Just starting your career in the motion picture industry? Odds are you will start working as a grip or electrician. Oftentimes, you may actually find your true calling in one of these departments. I know plenty of people who have worked as grips for years. It can be a very fun position that is very mentally challenging.As a grip, it’s your job to make a production work with whatever tools you have available. If the director calls for a last minute shot, you may need to go into full MacGyver mode at a moment’s notice. (If you don’t know who MacGyver is, just wait for the reboot.)Grip Tips on ClothesOne of the first things you will need to do to become a grip is to learn how to dress and what to carry. You aren’t going to be on camera, so you don’t need to wear your fancy new shoes. Dress for comfort and weather.You’ll want to have comfortable shoes, because you will be on your feet all day. A lot of grips and crew member wear dark clothes, which is preferred but not always necessary — especially if you’re shooting in the desert. The location weather should be a key consideration. Will you be working before the sun comes up? There’s a good chance it will be cold. The most common combinations on set are t-shirts and jeans or cargo shorts and fishing shirts — which have lots of pockets and breathe well.Grip Tips for ToolsImage via Shutterstock As far as your grip bag and gear go, there are plenty of standards like carabiners, a hammer, an array of tape, as well as a tape measurer. Also, be sure to always have your own pair of ear plugs in your bag. For a hammer, Uva recommends a nice straight claw-type Estwing hammer — these are great for pulling nails. Pro tip: When building, hammer the tip of the nail before driving it into a piece of lumber. This will help prevent the wood from splitting.When working with screws, draw circles around screw heads on the back of fly-away walls. That way when the time comes to move the wall, you will have a quick count and location of every screw you need to take out.With hammers, screwdrivers, and other tools — some grips attach a lanyard or small roped loop around the end, that way they can attach the tool to their wrist. “Some folks make a small loop that goes over their wrist while working high in the perms, green beds, or from a tall ladder.There are two schools of thought on this issue: If you drop the tool, it should not fall. If you fall and the lanyard gets hung up, it could be a different problem.”Grip Tips for TapeImage via ShutterstockAs far as tape goes, it’s not just gaff tape you will need. You will need ATG tape, which is often called snot tape on set. You will also want some white tape to mark damaged equipment — which is a standard throughout the industry. Photo black paper tape is often used instead masking tape because it will almost disappear on film due to its matte backing — as photo tape uses a black glue as opposed to the white glue in masking tape. Black photo tape is great for masking and flagging lights, as you can easily tape off up to two inches of a fluorescent light tube to reduce unwanted light.On the topic of photos and tape — did you know that you can use a ball of tape to get rid of unwanted glare from a picture frame on set? If a reflection shows up on camera, just place the ball of tape behind the frame to tilt it up, down, or to the side. It may look odd in person, but done right it will register as a flat frame on camera.As always, there are tons of ways to use gaff tape on set. One of Uva’s recommendations is to put gaffer tape over the wheels of electric scissor lifts. This prevents them from marking up newly painted surfaces. You can use all sorts of tape of different varieties and colors when it comes time to tape marks for the dolly. Uva usually has three or four different color tapes pre-torn into tabs for dolly work.Also, be sure to always tab off the tape so its ready to peel when needed.Grip Tips for Working With GelsImage from KeepOnTruckin via Wikipedia Tape comes in handy for all sorts of tasks. One of Uva’s tricks is to use a tab of tape on a gel, and then staple through it. This will prevent the gel from ripping or tearing. Furthermore, you can mark and label gels with magic markers, as they will not show when light is projected. Often you will see the color of the gel labeled, or you may see a note for a specific shot or set piece.Gels are also great for a last second rain hat. Caught on a rainy set without a cover for the camera? Use a gel frame and lighting gel over a camera to protect it from water. Aim the gel side up and the frame side down to prevent water from filling the frame. Be sure to angle to rain hat so the water runs to the rear and side.Grip Tips for MeasuringIt always benefits you to have your tape measure on your person at all times, but if you left it on the other side of the set — pull out your wallet. A US dollar bill is 6.14 inches long, great for rough estimates. Alternatively the average credit card is 3 3/8 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide.You should also know the length of your wingspan. If you spread out your arms side to side, know the distance from one finger tip all the way to the other. Unless you are an NBA player with a massive wingspan, odds are your wingspan is about 2 inches longer than your height. So when the time comes for you to grab some rope, you can measure length by using your wingspan. Let’s say you have a wingspan of 6 feet. Then the length of rope across your wingspan will be 6 feet, and once you start looping the rope you can quickly measure out 50 to 60 feet of rope in no time.For more tricks and a ton of insider knowledge, check out The Grip Book: The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide Fifth Edition from Focal Press.last_img read more

Former OSU Offensive Lineman Pertile Lands at Virginia

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State offensive lineman Brandon Pertile, who spent 2 seasons in Stillwater after joining as a junior college transfer, has landed at the University of Virginia. He announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday:Today I am officially a Cavalier… It’s a great day! pic.twitter.com/wz5iuFtNlD— Brandon Pertile (@BrandonPertile) February 21, 2017“After talking with Coach Gundy, I have decided to grad-transfer from Oklahoma State to play my fifth year elsewhere while pursuing a law degree,” he said in January.Pertile spent the majority of his time in Stillwater playing on special teams and in a reserve role along the offensive line. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Poll Results: Slight Majority Think 2017 More Loaded Than 2011

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hey, it’s the offseason … we have nothing better to discuss! On Tuesday I threw out the poll question of whether the 2011 offense or 2017 offense was more loaded. Carson and I discussed it more in-depth on the podcast on Wednesday, but I’m voting in favor of 2011. I’m in the slight minority, though, as 54 percent of you took this year’s offense.All of it sort of comes down to how you view the term “loaded” — this year’s team is probably deeper, but I trusted the top talent in 2011 more than I trust this year’s top talent. Joe Randle was better than Justice Hill. Justin Blackmon was better than James Washington. Brandon Weeden was better than Mason Rudolph. That 2011 team was legit.So again, quantity or quality? This year’s squad has a lot of both, but I think the 2011 team — especially on the offensive line — was just slightly better when it comes to the best players. If football was a 18-player game on offense instead of 11, I might have voted differently.Tuesday poll question: Which #okstate offense was more loaded?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 16, 2017Comments from readers are below.JT: 2011. Better O-line, depth at RB, and a OC who coached with 2 middle fingers extended.Laith: Preseason, 2017. My guess is after this season is over and yards per play, 2011. We have more studs this year but we knew going into 2011 we were going to be great. Do we feel that way this year? We seemed unstoppable back then. Not quite as unstoppable this time around. 2011 had a better o-line, and a proven 1 and 2 at RB.Guest: 2011. They played more consistent than this team has. Consistently blew teams out with high scoring. The current team has had to claw their way back to win multiple times during the last two seasons. The 2017 WR corps is absolutely insane, and as a whole is better than 2011 team. However, that does not make up for everything else though.Ryan O: Could be premature, but I will go with 2011. That team was special, and we may never see anything like it again at OSU. While in BPS that season, my cousin and I would place an O/U bet prior to a series on how many plays it would take us to score … that is how good that offense was. I had a supreme confidence that Weeden would make the throw when we needed it. Case in point, the 4th down slant to Blackmon in the Fiesta Bowl. Everyone in the stadium knew where it was going and they completed it like they were in practice. Just an outstanding season full of incredible talent.Chris Saxon: The fact that this is a legit debate is a really good sign. 2011 team was national Champion caliber.James: This is a really good question! Keeping in mind that hindsight is 20/20 is really important here. So you have to look at this from the timing perspective of going into 2011 vs today. For example, we all know that Joe Randle was immense that year, but we didn’t know for sure going in that he would be.QB – Push – This is a good debate by itself, I think.HB – 2017 – Hill and Co. trumps Randle and Smith here I thinkWR – 2017 – Let’s be real, Cooper and Moore wouldn’t start on this teamOL – 2011 – Given a draft of both units, I’m not sure I take anyone from this year’s team other than CochranOC – 2017 – Not even close. Sorry to all of the haters. It was Monken’s first year and Yurcich has had more than 1,000 days with his QB.Now, let’s revisit this in about 7 months and see what we say about the performance.last_img read more

NFL Roster Cuts: Brandon Weeden Out in Houston; Peterson, Pipkins Make Rosters

first_imgAshton LampkinKansas City Chiefs Victor SalakoPhiladelphia Eagles✂ Jordan SternsKansas City Chiefs✂ While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Vincent TaylorMiami Dolphins ? Cornerback: Lenzy Pipkins, Green Bay Packers, 86.6 overall gradePipkins was on the field for 32 snaps in coverage, and allowed two receptions for just four yards. He had three tackles including a stop and zero missed tackles, while adding a pass breakup and a quarterback hit. PFFBlake JarwinJarwin was waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He made some preseason plays but could not quite get ahead of James Hanna, Geoff Swaim and former All-Big 12 power forward Rico Gathers for the No. 2 spot behind Jason Whitten.Full list of Cowboys cuts pic.twitter.com/vX7YMn8jLD— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) September 2, 2017Jhajuan SealesFormer Cowboy wide receiver Jhajuan Seales was waived in August after sustaining an injury.Buccaneers Waive/Injured WR Jhajuan Seales, Sign WR Shaq Hill https://t.co/CQ6ksDZL0m pic.twitter.com/pjCDCpVaAL— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 2, 2017Victor SalakoLeft tackle Victor Salako did not make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final roster. The transfer from UAB earned all-conference second-team honors his senior season at OSU.#Eagles cuts: T Victor Salako, LB Christian Tago, DT Gabe Wright, TE Adam Zaruba LB Don ?, DT Winston Craig— Ryan Neal (@Rwilliamneal) September 1, 2017 Saturday, NFL rosters must be finalized and each team has to whittle their squad down to 53. Several former Cowboys were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents. Here’s a look at who stuck and who was let go.Brandon WeedenWeeden, who will turn 34 next month, is out at Houston. Probably not a huge surprise given that the Texans took Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the 12th-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.With two QBs they believe in, the #Texans have released QB Brandon Weeden, source said. They’ll keep just two.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2017AdChoices广告Chris CarsonChris Carson was a surprise star for the Seattle Seahawks who already had four running backs on the roster. But Carson’s highlight-worthy plays and praise from new head coach Pete Carroll earned him a place on the 53-man roster. Fellow running backs Alex Collins and Mike Davis were cut to make room for the former Poke.Vincent TaylorThe Miami Dolphins took Taylor in the sixth round of this year’s Draft and he’s apparently done nothing but impress. As was expected, he was not cut and will make Miami’s roster.Ashton LampkinAshton Lampkin impressed during the preseason in his role in the Kansas City’s secondary, and the Chiefs liked Lampkin enough that even after he suffered a season-ending knee injury, they’ve decided to do him around on IR.Jordan SternsKansas City waived Jordan Sterns earlier in camp after the former Cowboy safety missed several practices due to illness.Lenzy PipkinsAccording to reports, Pipkins didn’t hear from the team before the cut deadline — so the assumption is that he made the team.Pipkins impressed in the preseason, being named to the Week 1 preseason team of the week by Pro Football Focus. ?center_img Lenzy PipkinsGreen Bay Packers? Michael HunterFormer cornerback Michael Hunter also indicated that he will remain in New York with the Football Giants this season.Kevin PetersonSecond-year cover man Kevin Peterson earned a roster spot for the Los Angeles Rams.Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster are the starting CBs. Backups: Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kevin Peterson, Dominique Hatfield.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 2, 2017Jimmy BeanLast week, former Oklahoma State defensive end Jimmy Bean was waived by the Oakland Raiders after getting dinged up in practice. He was claimed by the Denver Broncos days later. Unfortunately he did not pass the team’s physical exam.Tyler PatmonFormer Cowboy Tyler Patmon also made the cut with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Keelan Cole, Tyler Patmon and Jalen Myrick are all on 53-man roster.— John Reid (@JohnReid64) September 2, 2017Shamiel GaryFormer Cowboy safety Shamiel Gary did not make the cut for Buffalo.#Bills S Shamiel Gary, B.T. Sanders & Joe Powell have been cut, likely indicating Trae Elston made team & BUF will add S cut by another club— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) September 2, 2017Seven former Cowboys tried to make NFL rosters as Here’s a look at the 2017 rookies and how each fared this fall.Potential 2017 Rookies from OSU Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks? PlayerTeamCutStuckIR Jhajuan SealesTampa Bay Buccaneers✂ Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys✂last_img read more

Why Donors Want to Help One Person but Not Every Person

first_img1. Donors want to feel happy and hopeful when they give. Hearing a story and framing an ask to help on a small scale is the way to go.Here’s an example: Message 2: “A $20 monthly gift will make sure a veteran gets the job training she needs.” = My donation can actually help! According to psychologist Paul Slovic’s research about how the head and heart can influence how much people want to give to support a cause, your message is more compelling when you tell the story of one and stick to how a donor’s investment can help that one person, not many. An NPR story caught my attention this morning. Maybe you heard it too? The story was about a psychologist’s study onwhat kind of message inspires people to give more. 2. People get too caught up in the numbers. Annual reports with numbers are necessary, I know, but don’t get carried away! Tell the whole story, but highlight statistics that show how your work really made a difference instead of focusing on all the work yet to be done. In Slovic’s study, volunteers heard a story about a young girl suffering from starvation. The researchers then stepped into the fundraiser’s role and made an ask. They measured how much this group was willing to donate to help this girl. Next, a second group of volunteers heard the same story about the little girl and were told some overwhelming statistics about starvation. The same story + stats on what the issue looks like overall. Are you surprised to learn that the second group gave only about half of what the first group gave? I’m not surprised, and here are three reasons why: 3. Stories get the job done. Stories connect with the heart, and numbers make sense in your head. Potential donors will be more willing to give when you inspire them with a story. Specifically, a story that makes them feel good about what they can do to help. Message 1: “Thousands of veterans need our help transitioning back to civilian life. Please give now!” = Overwhelming. My donation won’t even make a dent. Want to read more on this topic and how it relates to fundraising success? Download Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: The Truth About How People Really Think and What It Means for Promoting Your Cause.last_img read more

Rallying the Troops: the Staff Plan for #GivingTuesday

first_imgThank key partners and sponsorsAlert the community to Day-of challenges and contests (especially if they change hourly)Inspire the community with Day-of rewards or incentivesAsk the community to GIVE and SHAREMention the Campaign Hashtag and URL Volunteer Event coordinatorIf your nonprofit is hosting a hands-on service event for #GivingTuesday, the volunteer service coordinator should be part of the war room team. Ask them to provide photos, quotes, and results from the volunteer activity that can be shared with potential supporters online and in email. Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever. Work hard, have fun, focus on your goals, and it will be a great #GivingTuesday! Set up a #Givingtuesday ‘war room’ so the team is all together in one place. There will be hard work to do and a party atmosphere will make a long day more fun.Consider these suggestions to elevate the excitement and spur the efforts of your staff and volunteers: Make #GivingTuesday an event for your team, and a win for those you serve. In just a few days #GivingTuesday will be here. Whether you’ve planned for months or just for a week or two, there’s one more thing you can do to make it a great day for your nonprofit.Organizations large and small can put their campaigns over the top on #GivingTuesday by creating a “day of generosity” that involves your staff, board, and volunteers. Plan a day of hard-working fun that involves your team in outreach and celebration as you hit milestones toward your goal.The recommendations below are targeted at a mid-sized organization, so scale the plan for your day up or down to fit your organization’s capacity. Make it a party! Provide special t-shirts, wristbands, hats or other swag if you have it. If you don’t, consider asking each team member to wear something in the colors of your organization’s logo to create that spirit of a team.Have food throughout the day.Have a first gift ceremony, where the team members contribute whatever they can to the campaign and put that total on the board as the “founders” gifts for the campaign.Take an UNselfie of each team member and one of the whole team together and post on social media.Have a visible tally board so everyone can see when you are getting close to key milestones Phone outreach teamYour phones can be the most powerful weapon on #GivingTuesday. You can organize an actual phone-a-thon of sorts, reaching out to supporters to thank them for past generosity and invite them to join your #GivingTuesday campaign. At a minimum, you should reach out to board members, key friends of your organization, and active volunteers to enlist their participation as givers or sharers.Donor supportAssign one or more people to be available to answer questions from donors should they arise.Social outreach staff The social team will be the ambassadors of excitement for the campaign. They will focus on: Covering the dayYour #GivingTuesday staff plan should cover a time period from about 8am to 10pm. The busiest donation periods are likely to be from 9am to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm, and these are the windows when you’ll want the most coverage.Suggested staff rolesLeaderAppoint a leader so campaign staff have a single point of contact for questions throughout the day. The leader should have a list of contact information for all staff and partners (include cell phone numbers and email addresses). He or she should be ready to address technology issues should there be problems with your online giving site. Have the phone number of your software provider handy in the event there is an issue. He or she may also be assigned as designated representative to talk with the media if there is press interest in your campaign.The leader (or a designee) should be ready with talking points highlighting the key aspects of the campaign. · Building excitement by posting content to social media channels.Engaging with followers, fans, tweets.Promoting key milestone content such as Goal Updates, Prize winners, media coverage.Alerting other staff to any social postings related to issues or questions.Forwarding any social postings from the media to the team leader.last_img read more

Peer To Peer Fundraising Software Extends Your Nonprofit Donor Base

first_imgPeer To Peer Fundraising SoftwarePeer to peer fundraising software is a dream come true for charity fundraising. Peer fundraising simply means to raise money online by supporters encouraging their friends to donate. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have famously raised millions over the last few years for everything from music albums to high tech devices.Social media makes it easier still, since supporters don’t even have to do much “asking.” They really only have to share your post, but it helps if they include a personal message to their friends. This is becoming more important with the increase in paid ads in social media feeds. Users tend to scan quickly over ads, so you want to encourage your supporters to include a personal message so their friends will stop and give your post their full attention.Peer to Peer Fundraising Software Designed for NonprofitsNetwork for Good’s GiveCorps crowdfunding software is designed to facilitate peer to peer fundraising for nonprofits. The basic principles are the same as those of other crowdfunding platforms, but charity fundraising differs from private funding in a few ways, so GiveCorps is tailored to meet the needs of the nonprofit niche.Easy OutreachNonprofit organizations have always depended to some degree on donations. Asking donors to help bring in additional contributions is a normal part of traditional charity fundraising, but peer to peer fundraising software makes it easy, and better yet, fun.Donors want to give in a way that will have the most impact. Good peer to peer fundraising software will make it easy to show just what their donations will do. Photographs of the work you do, and especially images of actual people that you have served, make a real connection with potential donors.Engaging TeamsTeam fundraisers are fun for participants and tend to be successful fundraisers because of the competitive element. Teams can be based on existing groups like sports teams, but can also be recruited just for the fundraiser. A big company may have a team within each department, but people in a smaller company can work together as one team and challenge a business competitor to outmatch them at charity fundraising. They get to indulge the instinct to compete, but there are no hard feelings in the end because it all goes to a good cause.Regardless of how well the teams do, your nonprofit wins because, in addition to the funds raised, everyone who participated is now a supporter. The team competition may become an annual event, but if not, some of the individuals are likely to do their own peer fundraising on your behalf next time you ask them to.To learn more about how your organization can leverage peer fundraising, download our free eBook, The Crowdfunding Craze. And, to learn more about Network for Good’s peer fundraising solution, GiveCorps, give us a call at 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

New Grant Aims to Curb Infant Mortality in Ghana by Helping Mothers to Reach Hospitals

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 31, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On October 29th, the New York Times reported that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently provided a grant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Massachusetts nonprofit, to identify strategies for helping pregnant women in Ghana to reach hospitals.From the story:Child mortality is very high in Ghana, but many newborns can be saved if the mother gives birth with someone trained, even rudimentarily, in Western medicine and if the baby is seen within two days by a doctor or nurse.But in rural Ghana, explained Dr. Pierre M. Barker, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which received the Gates grant, there are many obstacles. Besides the obvious, like rutted roads, there are prejudices against wives or newborns leaving the house.Sending expert committees to visit village chiefs, he said, has turned many into advocates for getting women to clinics instead of giving birth with untrained local midwives who may be unable to diagnose pneumonia or who have habits that cause tetanus, like cutting umbilical cords with dirty blades.Read the full story here.Share this:last_img read more

Vote for the Top Social Enterprises that Empower Women and Girls

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 26, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, Women Deliver opened voting for the 25 top Social Enterprises for Women and Girls.  These 25 organizations are doing some incredible work, and using innovative approaches to address some major challenges facing women, including maternal health. Women Deliver invites voters to select up to three choices from the 25 top groups.From Women Deliver: This year, we are asking global advocates like you to vote on three of the 25 enterprises listed below that you believe are truly making a difference for girls and women. Voting closes on March 6th at 12pm EST. Women Deliver worked in partnership with Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, to select these 25 social enterprises from the semifinalists of the Echoing Green Fellowship Program. The top 10 social enterprises will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (May 28-30, 2013) and compete in the Social Enterprise Challenge and “Pitch-Off” on May 30th. Winners will also be given fast-track access to TrustLaw Connect, a program of the Thomson Reuters Foundation that connects lawyers looking to do pro bono work with social enterprises and NGOS in need of legal assistance.To learn more about Women Deliver, including the upcoming Women Deliver 2013 conference, visit the Women Deliver website.Share this:last_img read more

Investing in Midwifery to Ensure Respectful Maternity Care at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 15, 2013March 8, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Guest post by Fistula Care. With just 1 midwife for every 1000 live births, Sierra Leone needs a twelve-fold increase in its midwifery workforce to ensure full coverage of maternal and newborn health services.  It is tempting to focus exclusively on training new midwives, but existing midwives also require attention. They can only function effectively if their own professional needs are met. The Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone, provides an example of what a midwife-led maternity unit can look like: where midwives have the support they need to do their jobs well, and where mothers and babies therefore receive respectful, high-quality services.An important new article in the Midwifery’s forthcoming Millennium Development Goals special issue describes in detail a practical example of how we can “invest in midwives” and equip them to offer competent, compassionate, and respectful care to expecting and delivering mothers. “Striving for excellence: Nurturing midwives’ skills in Freetown, Sierra Leone” recounts how the Aberdeen Women’s Centre launched a maternity unit focused on supporting midwives to offer exemplary care.The Aberdeen Women’s Centre is a private clinic that was founded in 2005 to provide surgical repair to women who suffer from obstetric fistula. The Centre’s focus on fistula treatment remained constant until one of its own staff died in childbirth. In the wake of this loss, the clinic’s leaders began to consider expanding their mandate. They saw an opportunity to offer quality maternity care to women who would be unable to pay, thereby preventing the occurrence of new fistula cases and reducing maternal mortality. With support from the Gloag Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development (via EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care project), the Aberdeen Women’s Centre opened its midwife-led maternity unit in May 2010.The Centre provided ongoing in-service education and supportive supervision for its staff midwives. Expert midwife volunteers served as mentors, modeling a commitment to quality, evidence-based care. Through training and routine review of near-misses, the Aberdeen Women’s Centre midwives have developed professionally and are poised to become future leaders for midwifery in Sierra Leone.Meanwhile, these midwives have offered an excellent level of care to delivering mothers and their newborns. In the first two years of the maternity unit’s services, its staff assisted 2,076 births, with better-than-expected health outcomes for mothers and babies.For more, visit the Respectful Maternity Care blog series.Share this:last_img read more