Save a Mom's Life in the Congo

Sep 4, 2012

Delivering Twins Safely in the Congo

Adeline's healthy baby boys.


Adeline was panicked.  The 22-year-old was in intense pain and bleeding after being in labor with twins for hours.  She arrived at Therese’s home, one of International Medical Corps’ trained birth attendants, at 2am.  Therese quickly assessed her condition and realized the babies were in the breech position, which could cause brain damage or death for the newborns.  

Therese advised Adeline’s family to take her immediately to the emergency obstetric facility in Biruwe Town for advanced care. Unfortunately, Adeline’s relatives didn’t have enough money to pay for transport to the health center which is located almost 20 miles away. Therese contacted Tresor, the Village Health Committee Coordinator, who was able to get four neighbors to take Adeline to the health center on an improvised stretcher down the bumpy road to Biruwe.

Once they arrived at the emergency facility, Esperance, a midwife trained in Emergency Obstetric Care by International Medical Corps, helped Adeline successfully deliver two healthy baby boys.

As a result of their newly-acquired skills and with critical help from the Village Health Committee, Esperance and Therese saved three lives in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Over the last year, we’ve trained 146 Trained Birth Attendants in the North Kivu region of Congo.  These trained health workers provide pregnant women and newborns within their own communities with the critical care they need. 

We’re able to train men and women like Esperance and Therese because of supporters like you.  Thank you for your generosity! 



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Chessa Latifi

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