Stillbirths and deaths during labour are relatively rare in British hospitals but in Iraq these figures are rising at an alarming rate.
Infant mortality is 108 in 100,000 while 296 women in every 100,000 die while giving birth. The reason is a lack of basic equipment such as foetal monitors, resuscitation equipment and hospital beds - all of which are automatically and easily accessible to the NHS.
Baby Lifeline is hoping to help Iraqis overcome some of their problems with help from British obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives who are taking part in a three-day conference, which started yesterday, organised by the Coventry-based charity.
Healthcare professionals from Kuwait and Iraq will be shown examples of best practice at the event, which will pave the way for a unique collaboration between the two countries, which share a history of conflict.
It is Baby Lifeline's first international venture and Judy Ledger, who founded the charity in 1981 after losing three premature babies, said: "This conference won't just benefit those who are attending but it will be of use to delegates' colleagues and ultimately their patients.
"After years of conflict, Iraq is a Third World country where infant and maternal death rates are going through the roof, so it seemed obvious we should help.
"We shouldn't be territorial about our skills and experience, they should be shared and that's what Baby Lifeline is trying to do, to keep these doctors up-to-date so they can help more women and children.
"But we will be learning from them too because they deal with many more emergency cases day-to-day than most British hospitals do."
The charity has already been approached to stage similar forums in Iraq (Kurdistan) and Vietnam, to help more medics learn life-saving procedures and birthing techniques.
Mrs Ledger added: "This is our first ever international conference which, considering I started out with just a box of chocolates to thank the nurses who treated me at Birmingham Women's Hospital, is a mighty achievement."
Dr Mamoun El- Hajl- Ha j Ibrahim, a supervisor at Kuwait's Ministry for Health, added: "I hope that what we start here will be prove to be the beginning of a medical partnership not just between Kuwait and Iraq but with the UK as well.
"The skills and knowledge our doctors, consultants and nurses will pick up here will definitely benefit our quality of medical practice and patient care."
Iraqi delegates will receive specialist training manuals and videos from Baby Lifeline during the conference, which was funded with £90,000 in sponsorship and charity funds.
Dr Ali Kubba, chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Iraqi liaison group, based in London, said the needs of women and children had previously been regarded as a low-priority in Iraq.
"Women and children in Iraq have borne most of the traumas during the past three decades during a time of almost constant conflict, which has had an impact on their health," he said.
"Baby Lifeline's initiative is really spot on and highly appreciated by Iraqi medics because it's finally provided them with an opportunity to update their knowledge and skills.
"In the future I would hope to see more of these events, not only to assist the delegates, but also to maintain good relationships between Iraq, Kuwait and the UK."
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