Recently, we had the privilege of e-meeting Ruth Sally Kodam for the purpose of E-publishing her book, ‘Sally’s Tips For Expectant Mums’. After publishing, we knew the information in her well-written and very informative book is something expectant mums, both new and old, cannot ignore.
The book dives into all the necessary medical details women need to know at their fingertips, to ensure a smooth pregnancy period, as well as to take appropriate actions when danger signs come up, either for the mother, or the child.
So we decided to have an interview with Ruth Sally Kodam to learn more from her. Please see our interview below.
Pelleura: Welcome on board. It’s nice to have you on this interview.
Ruth Sally Kodam: Thanks for the opportunity.
Pelleura: Please can you share details of your background with us?
Ruth Sally Kodam: I’m a mum of three, a Christian and married. I was born in Tema. Grew in Ashaiman -Middle East. Schooled in Ashaiman and Tema. After completing Tema Secondary school, I chose to be a nurse by profession. I had the passion to help the sick. Whilst in school I knew I had the passion to educate the public, but it was not really clear which area I should take. I studied nursing at Korlebu Nursing Training school. After my first child I knew exactly what I wanted to teach and help women get the information they needed in areas of maternal health. I pursued Midwifery from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I have also been trained by Gender Center in topics like Leadership, Gender, Human right etc. In starting a business I have also been part of start up programs organised by Women in Tech Africa (Her future Africa) .
All these trainings has brought me this far.
Pelleura: Wow! So what were your dreams like when you were in school?
Ruth Sally Kodam: To be a nurse. Midwifery was something I never thought of. The first time I entered the labor ward, I walked out. Was wandering how midwives were so brave to do this job. After the birth of my first child things changed for me. I now saw the importance of midwives. I realized they could help reduce maternal deaths in Africa. I decided to take that carrier path to change the statistics and as well save lives.
Pelleura: Please can you tell us what your recent book, Sally’s Tips for Expectant Mums, is about?
Ruth Sally Kodam: Its basically to give information to pregnant women about their pregnancy, labor and delivery. Women should know about their bodies during pregnancy. Such information can make a huge difference in the life of expectant mums. The more we are empowered with the knowledge needed, the better. Our system will get stronger.
Pelleura: What prompted you to write the book?
Ruth Sally Kodam: There is a huge gap on where to find specific information when it comes to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Information you get is scattered and women do not also get access to their midwives on regular basis. Some do not even have their contact. This can result in complication. The book has basic information the woman needs. Maternal mortality in Africa can be reduced if we create our own solutions for our people. Problems we face in Africa and as black women needs to be solved in a way that our specific issues will be addressed.
Pelleura: What are the major points the book discusses?
Ruth Sally Kodam: This book discusses the main concerns every woman has during pregnancy;
– Pre-conception care
– Post-natal care
– And Frequently asked questions.
Pelleura: As a midwife, please tell us the major services you offer pregnant women.
Ruth Sally Kodam: The major services I offer include;
– Pregnancy class,
– Ask a midwife (consultation),
– Home visits,
– Public education.
Pelleura: What advice will you give to first time soon-to-be mothers?
Ruth Sally Kodam: Be your own advocate, always ask questions, cooperate with your doctor and also seek a second opinion when you are not clear about any instruction given by your doctor or midwife.
Pelleura: As someone who’s into the business of helping pregnant women, what’s a typical day like for you?
Ruth Sally Kodam: Not easy, especially having a family and a regular job. Switching on your data and having lots of questions waiting for you. Creating post for my social media handles and also content to teach in my pregnancy/mums class
Pelleura: What are the obstacles you’ve faced as a woman working hard to build something for yourself.
Ruth Sally Kodam: I wanted to be on radio some time ago and was told, “How many children have you given birth to, and you want to do maternal health?” I humbly replied, “our male gynecologist, how many babies have they given birth to?” He smiled and gave me the opportunity. Not an easy journey. Its been full of sacrifices and a bit difficult finding a mentor to teach the way. I didn’t find people doing what I was doing in Africa. So I had to research a lot. Trying new things to see what works. Its been an interesting journey. Another challenge is getting resources to fund what I do
Pelleura: I am glad to see you’ve made it this far. So presently, what are those achievements you’ve made in regards to your career as a midwife, and what future goals are you aiming for?
Ruth Sally Kodam: Creating platforms for women to learn from (Mumschat on Facebook), Midwife Sally on Facebook. Midwife Sally channel on telegram, starting a pregnancy school for women to learn from, and Setting up a website women can go to for information about Reproductive health
My future goal is to bring information about maternal health to even the woman who have no education and have no internet access. We must end the needless maternal deaths in #Africa.
My reward is the babies who were saved due to the education I do. The lives of women that have been saved due to my work. Every smile of my clients is a reward.
Pelleura: How have you used social media to your advantage?
Ruth Sally Kodam: A lot. Things have changed and we all need to change how we do things. It has given me visibility. I have helped several women I have never met. It’s a tool you can use to your advantage. I have created a niche in Maternal health and I am regarded as an opinion leader when it comes to maternal health in Ghana amd beyond. Through social media, I have had collaborations with great institutions like the University of Rochester, United States. My NGO has been featured in internationally recognized platforms such as ‘The Guardian’. Also, I’ve been featured on various TV and radio platforms, example.. AAUTV, Adom FM, Amansan TV etc all in Ghana.
Pelleura: If you were to do it all over again, what would you change in your book?
Ruth Sally Kodam: I love every single content. It’s all needed. What I will love to do is to add more content to make it richer
Pelleura: What advice do you have for women who want to start their businesses or careers as midwives?
Ruth Sally Kodam: It’s great to be a midwife, and it has lots of opportunities. The fact that you are able to be part of a womans journey makes your impact in your community, great. From the woman, her family, community and even the national level, the midwife has a place that cannot be taken by any other person or profession.
To start a business in midwifery, identify your strength. Start preparing by educating the people around you. Seek help from the right mentors. It could just be a specific area… Antenatal education, breastfeeding etc. Be open to learn from successful people
Pelleura: Thanks, so, so much for your time. It was nice having this chat with you.
Ruth Sally Kodam: Most grateful for the opportunity
Instagram handle: @midwifesallygh