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.
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.
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.
By end of November 2011, LifeSpring Foundation, which is implementing sponsor births program, has been able to support 147 deliveries. As the women sponsored are very poor, these women have to be counselled to come for medical check-up during pregnancy. Several visits and interactions with different members of the family would be required to motivate these women to be regular for their check up during pregnancy. They need to be assured that their poverty would not come in the way of their institutional delivery as LifeSpring Foundation, and several donors who are supporting the cause of sponsor births, are willing to extend a helping hand. But more importantly, the women and their families have to be counselled to look after the child well, and to ensure that the child gets all the vaccinations.
LifeSpring Foundation did a quick check of the children, whose delivery was supported. Some of them are now six to eight months old and active. Mothers of all these babies have adhered to the vaccination schedule and the babies have received vaccinations provided by the Government as required. All the children are healthy, contributing to smiles in their families.
An example is Sadekhan, who delivered in July 2011. Despite poverty and several restrictive customs, Sadekhan is taking good care of her child. Her husband is a casual labour with uncertain work and income conditions. Her father, who was a poor man, met with an accident and could not support the family for some years. With the support of local donors, he started making snacks and is selling on the street corner in the evening for a livelihood. The child is active and growing normally. Sadekhan is now using weaning foods to provide the baby with the nutrition required. Sadekhan has also followed the vaccination schedule for her child till now.
Thus we say, “You sponsor births. We deliver smiles.” We thank all the donors who have supported us in delivering smiles, and request them to spread the happiness in sponsoring births.
Till the end of July 2011, we have raised a total of $28,130 and sponsored the institutional delivery of 135 babies born into poor families. All the children who delivered under the sponsorship are healthy and their mothers had safe pregnancies.
By consistently focussing on the importance of institutional delivery and reducing the fears inherent in pregnant women about delivering in under-resourced public hospitals, the outreach team was able to motivate several women to go for institutional delivery under the ‘sponsor a safe childbirth’ project. Through consistent follow-up with the pregnant women, our outreach team was able to increase the ante-natal visits by the pregnant women for those who were registered early on in their pregnancy from 3 in January 2011 to about 5 in July 2011.
Several women who delivered under the scheme come to live with their brothers or relatives in Hyderabad seeking better medical aid than is available in their villages. As their brothers or relatives migrated to the city in search of labour opportunities and do not have stable employment themselves, they end up staying in make shift tent like structures. Without stable and predictable incomes, these families are unable to pay for the institutional deliveries. Ms. Radhika is a case in point. (see photo 1) Despite being steeped in poverty, the contentment of having delivered a healthy baby (see photos 2 & 3) has enveloped her and her family. In cases like these, we can proudly say that you have supported ‘delivering smiles’. She continued to stay with her brother after delivery for some more time, which also facilitated her post-natal visit to the doctor and immunization of the child.
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