Angie Fujioka, Uganda
As a college student, I was greatly inspired by a woman named Dona Anjela de Leon, a midwife in Guatemala who I met while I was studying Spanish in the Central American country. When she was a young girl, she decided to do something about the unnecessary deaths of women during childbirth in her community, and in fact, she did.
Now I work as a technical advisor for American College of Nurse-Midwives, which promotes the health of women and babies through the development and support of the profession of midwifery. I'm honored to travel around the globe and assist in the technical training of midwives. Watching a midwife perform newborn resuscitation on a baby that she previously wouldn't have attempted to resuscitate and seeing her eyes light up when that baby starts to grimace and cry is one of the many joys of my work.
— Angie Fujioka '99, technical advisor for American College of Nurse-Midwives