International Midwife Opens the Friends of St. Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington 2015 Events 

On Saturday March 14th, two-thirds of the village of Huntington came to Huntington Village Hall to hear one of their residents, Dr. Joanna Raven, tell of her extraordinary life as an international midwife.  

It was the first event of the year for the ‘Friends of St. Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington’. Born and bred in North Herefordshire,  Joanna told us of her life story.   After becoming a midwife, she spent a spell overseas doing VSO.  She then spent five years studying at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where she achieved her PhD.  For 15 years, she has travelled to the most remote areas of the world, including China, Asia and Africa, where she has taught hundreds of health workers the art of successful childbirth and its related issues, saving countless of lives in the process.   

Drawing on her travel, teaching and research, Joanna talked about her life-changing encounters, in which she herself was often placed in dangerous situations, unescorted but resilient.  

The packed hall was delighted by her talk which produced prolonged applause.  The evening concluded  with  the audience enjoying a wine and canapés party which continued long into the evening.  Many compliments were received, from audience members, including one who said, “The quality of your talks gets better and better.”  The Trustees are very grateful to the many friends who contributed canapés for the evening.  

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Jane Moyle