Bupe Mwamba is a Maternal and Child Health Specialist who uses quantitative research methods to help improve the health of women, newborns and children, particularly in relation to the life-long health benefits of practices that occur at birth.
Bupe holds a PhD in Health, Maternal and Child Health and Midwifery from the University of Technology Sydney. She also has a Master of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa (2017) and a Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery and Neonatal Science, from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa (2014). In addition, she has a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery from Kitwe Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Zambia (2008) and a Diploma in Registered Nursing, which she obtained from Lusaka Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Zambia in 2005.
She is a very passionate advocate for mothers and babies, Bupe’s current research hopes to ensure that one day EVERY midwife and obstetrician understands and embraces the practice of delayed cord clamping at birth to reduce anaemia. Anemia (iron deficiency) and the many problems that result from this is a major health problem in the world and delayed cord clamping can reduce the lifetime risk of anaemia by 60%.
She has just finished her doctoral studies, which began with determining the current umbilical cord clamping practices by midwives and obstetricians in Zambia. Followed by umbilical cord clamping guideline collection and appraisal using the AGREE II tool. She concluded her data collection with face to face interviews with midwives and key informants from the Ministry of Health Zambia. Results of her study have informed strategies that may be used to increase the diffusion of delayed cord clamping in birth units across Zambia.