The United Nations has called Africa's population the fastest-growing on the planet, and it is not hard to see why.
Three African midwives from the United Republic of Tanzania have just spent three weeks in Western Australia as part of a Department of Health study tour.
Their trip included training in regional areas, including the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, where in a typical week midwives would welcome about a dozen newborns into the world.
But that is child's play for Tanzanian women Johari Kishegena, Hilda Kweka and Chiku Hamisi, whose combined experience as midwives nudges nearly 50 years.
Ms Kishegena has been a midwife for 24 years and lost count years ago when the ABC asked how many deliveries she had been involved in.
"Many, many ... too many to count," she said.
"(It can be) up to 30 ... it depends on the season.
"Last year we conducted 11,000 (deliveries at my hospital)."
Midwives take the lead
Hilda Kweka said she had noticed the vast differences in tempo on Australian maternity wards during her visit.
"They (Australian midwives) are not as busy because I think the population is not as big compared to us," she said.
"I have had a lot of difficult cases. One day I witnessed a mother who died from PPH (postpartum haemorrhage) — that is bleeding after delivery — I was so sad.
"That happened because of shortage of staff.
"The moment they brought her to our hospital she was very seriously ill and we tried our level best to save her life, but we couldn't manage and she died.
"It was so sad because life is precious."
Chiku Hamisi said Tanzanian midwives are given more responsibility due to a lack of doctors.
"Sometimes we don't have the equipment, doctors, sometimes you have no doctors," she said.
"(Midwives in Australia) deliver and give the baby to the paediatrician to see what is going on.
"During labour if there are any complications — to shorten the second stage of labour — we do vacuum extractions. But here they are not allowed."
A significant difference between cultures is that Tanzanian mothers are not given the option of painkillers during labour.
"In our country we don't give anti-pain (medication) such as an epidural," Ms Hamisi said.
"If we have 12 to 20 women in labour they are very noisy ... screaming in pain.
Kalgoorlie midwife Marg Crane, who took the Tanzanian trio under her wing during their visit, said Western societies want "a quick fix".
"Lots of people who are having babies don't want any pain so they ask for epidurals and we have the facility to offer that," she said.
"There are women who come in and they don't want any pain relief at all, so we try to be guided here by the women to respect what they want and what their family want for their birth."
The Tanzanian midwives visited as contributors to Global Health Alliance Western Australia, a partnership which has provided professional development for nurses and midwives in Tanzania for the past six years.
The Department of Health's initiative is supported by the African nation's Ministry for Health and sponsored by Rotary, including the Hannans, Kalgoorlie and Boulder clubs.
Reminder of 'how lucky we are'
The program provides experience for the midwives to return home as role models to train their colleagues.
Ms Crane said their visit was also valuable to Australia's health workers, adding that she has seen the "very highs and lows" during a career spanning 25 years.
"I have not been involved in any maternal deaths and that would probably be the worst-case scenario that any midwife would see," she said.
"We do see women at the worst time of their lives when they lose a child, but we also see them on the happiest days of their life when they have a healthy baby.
"Wherever you work in the world as a midwife that's the most joyous thing that you can do — present that mum and family with a healthy child.