In the three months since our last report, LifeSpring’s “Sponsor a Safe Childbirth for 500 Low Income Women” initiative has been progressing steadily. We continue to sincerely thank all of our donors for supporting our work, and for making it possible for very low-income women in India to access high quality maternal healthcare.
Funds Raised and Deliveries Sponsored
From March to May 2011, we have raised an additional $2,945 through GlobalGiving. This brings our total funds raised to $27,881, which is 43% of our overall financial goal.
Since January, when our very first recipients delivered their babies in our hospitals, LifeSpring Foundation has sponsored the free and safe childbirth of 114 women. In this past quarter alone, 88 babies were born to Foundation recipients in our hospitals. In addition, another 33 women have expected delivery dates over the next few months, and are currently coming to our hospitals for regular antenatal check-ups.
For Mothers’ Day, LifeSpring Foundation was honoured to be featured on the website of ABC’s “Be the Change: Save a Life” initiative ( http://saveone.net/#1198783), where the photos and stories of the first few women to receive LifeSpring’s services are shown.
We were also very grateful to all the individuals who chose to make a donation to our Foundation in honour of their mother for Mothers’ Day.
Personal Story: Rohini
Since LifeSpring Foundation’s recipients are women who would otherwise have no choice but to deliver their babies in an under-resourced government hospital, we often hear that they are most grateful to LifeSpring for the assurance that their delivery will be safe.
Rohini is one such woman. Her mother died when she was 3 years old. With her father mostly out of the house trying to earn a living, Rohini was raised by women in the neighbourhood. When she turned 20 years old, her father found her a husband, in the hope that it would give her a better life. Soon after she was married, however, her husband deserted Rohini upon learning that she was pregnant.
With no financial resources or any family members to take her to the hospital when it would come time to deliver, Rohini had accepted that she would have to give birth at home. As this was her first child, she was extremely scared, but was hoping that some of the women in the community would be there to help. During her sixth month of pregnancy, a LifeSpring Outreach Worker met Rohini, and ensured that she came to the nearest LifeSpring hospital for her delivery. Last month, Rohini safely gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
Over the past 6 months, we have learned a lot about providing high quality maternal healthcare services to women in our communities. One of the biggest lessons for us has been how to educate women from low-income backgrounds about the benefits of having an institutional delivery.
In January 2011, LifeSpring launched a Community Nursing Program, through which our nurses visit LifeSpring’s antenatal customers, bringing them critical healthcare services in the comfort of their homes. In this familiar environment, our nurses are able to effectively educate these women on the importance of coming to the hospital for regular antenatal check-ups, how to best care for their bodies and themselves during pregnancy, and the risks associated with having an unattended home delivery. As many of our Foundation recipients are not familiar with the practice of coming to a hospital for a delivery, these regular home visits ensure that every woman is well informed of what to do and where to go at the time of her delivery.
Once again, thank you for your continued support of our Foundation. Donors like you are helping LifeSpring ensure that very low-income women in India are experiencing a fundamental human right: to have a safe pregnancy and childbirth. Thank you for joining us.