LifeSpring Foundation

LifeSpring Hospitals fills the void of quality maternal health care for India's low-income population. Its first hospital opened in 2005 and LifeSpring currently has nine hospitals across Andhra Pradesh. In 2010, LifeSpring launched LifeSpring Foundation, whose focus is on increasing access, outreach, and education to very low-income pregnant women in India.
Nov 28, 2012

Report till 15 November 2012

Nagalakshmi
Nagalakshmi

Sponsor Births initiative has so far raised US $33,800 to support the deliveries of poor pregnant women in high quality hospital settings. Without the support, these women have no access to institutional delivery – not even in the government hospitals as there are hidden costs here. By the end of November 2012, Sponsor Births project has supported the deliveries of 167 women. Another 13 poor women have been identified for sponsorship and their delivery is due in the coming months.

Some of the women sponsored under Sponsor Births initiative are not only poor but are out the government safety nets due to a variety of reasons. For such women, access to the government facilities is also cumbersome as they are out of the public distribution system and do not have a government recognised identity proof. A case in point is Mrs. Nagalakshmi, wife of Mr. Prasad, (see photo) who delivered on 15th November 2012. Both the wife and husband work as labourers in constructing houses. They have built contact with some masons. After completing the construction of a house, both of them have to shift to another place where their known contractors have work for them. In this manner, they continuously shift places based on their work. Hence they do not fulfill the criterion of minimum continuous stay as required under several government schemes for support. Being out of the public safety net, accessing health facilities is costly for them. In the absence of any support, the only option for such women is to delivery at their homes. Sponsor Births is trying to identify such women so that they can be supported for institutional delivery.

The women thank the unknown donors for the support and making their delivery a safe experience.

Sponsor Births thanks all the donors and requests them to spread the word. Sponsor births – Deliver smiles.

Jul 30, 2012

Sponsor Births progress till June 2012

Sponsor Births initiative has so far raised US $33,080 to support the deliveries of poor pregnant women in high quality hospital settings. Without the support, these women have no access to institutional delivery – not even in the government hospitals as there are hidden costs here. By the end of June 2012, Sponsor Births project has supported the deliveries of 151 women. Another 31 poor women have been identified for sponsorship and their delivery is due in the coming months.

The women sponsored so far come from several disadvantaged backgrounds. While a majority of them stay in one room, several do not have access to safe-drinking water within the premises of living. Some of them are deserted by their husbands after they became pregnant owing to the increased costs that pregnancy brings in. As part of Sponsor Births initiative, the women are counseled about importance of the immunization of children and provide the children with vaccines sourced from the government.

Several of the women thank the unknown donors for the support and making their delivery a safe experience.

Sponsor Births thanks all the donors and requests them to spread the word. Sponsor births – Deliver smiles.

Apr 17, 2012

Sponsor Births project report - March 2012

By the end of March 2012, Sponsor Births project has supported the deliveries of 150 women. Another 32 poor women have been identified for sponsorship and their delivery is due in the coming months.
Sponsor Births project has focused more on women who lost their husbands during their pregnancy, either due to desertion by the husband or death of the husband. In either case, the woman is put to undue emotional stress. The stress is further aggravated by sudden economic shock caused by loss of earnings of the bread winner of the family. Even those women who are otherwise able to manage themselves tend to lose confidence in themselves. This can lead to distress during pregnancies and such women need emotional and financial support.
One such case is of Ms. Saritha, working in a small scantily equipped private school as a teacher. Her earnings were meager do not support her family. Her husband was a casual labour and helping hand to a technician. The family was able to live on with both the persons earning. She lost her husband in an accident when she was in her fifth month of pregnancy. All the little savings that the family could build up were spent on the last rites of her husband. Having lost her husband, she did not get much support from her in-laws. Nor her parents were of much help to her. Meeting the costs related to pregnancy became difficult for her. As she worked in a private establishment with no social security benefits, she could not get any maternity benefit. As she had lost her husband, she could not even raise enough money to meet the cost of delivery. Sponsor Births project helped her by regular counseling and supported her delivery. She delivered on 16th March 2012 and is blessed with a girl. She has thanked the unknown donors for the support.
Sponsor Births thanks all the donors and requests them to spread the word. Sponsor births – Deliver smiles.