Recently, HOPE was fortunate enough to have donated clean birth kits, which are essential for a safe and sanitary birth for both the mother and child. These kits are particularly helpful in settings where there is no skilled attendant present, but are also useful in remote, rural hospitals such as HOPE Hospital. Here at HOPE, we are aware that many mothers will not come to the hospital for delivery or have a skilled professional in attendance at their birth. This is unfortunate, however we are realistic and know that many mothers are still delivering at home. That being said, we are asking mothers who are delivering at our hospital to help us spread the message. We are using the clean birth kits at the hospital during deliveries so the mother can see the benefits of the kits, and then asking the mother to take a kit back to her community to show other mothers how it is used. We want mothers to demand for themselves a cleaner/safer birth. Word of mouth from women who delivered with the kit is the best way we know how to send the message to them. Thank you for your support in helping us provide safe delivery.
Thank you for your continued support of our work. I wanted to share with you a special story. Just last week I was visiting our projects and speaking to members in the community. The woman pictured here proudly came out of her home to let me know that she received an emergency cesarean section for her baby that she was holding. When I spoke with the translator as to how she knew she should go to the hospital, she informed me that HOPE's field workers had spoken to her about the importance of taking action during prolonged labor. She then sought care and her and her baby are doing great today. This story demonstrates to us that women just need the knowledge that is so critical to their and their baby's lives, and if they have the knowledge, they will do what is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than a mother who is boastful that she knew what action to take during her labor, that would save her and her child's life and prevent morbidities such as obstetric fistula. Thank you for supporting such a life-saving project.
Thank you for your continued support of providing women in need with safe pregnancy and delivery care. I wanted to introduce to you Rojina, who is having her third baby but receiving antenatal care for the first time:
Rojina Akhter is twenty-five years old and expecting her third baby. She has not received antenatal care services for her past two pregnancies as she and her husband feared the cost.Friends and family told her they did not know the need for the services and she would be fine without them. She became aware of the services HOPE is providing to pregnant women through a friend who is also enrolled in the program and fortunately, lives in close proximity to the hospital and is able to travel with minimal obstacles. Thus far the doctor has expressed to her the importance of antenatal care, her birth options, and the schedule for her visits to HOPE Hospital. She feels educated on her pregnancy and is now able to make informed decisions regarding her and her baby's health.
Thank you for your support and making our work possible.
Thank you for your continued support of our critical maternal health projects. We have exciting news to announce! Beginning this month, we are embarkng on a new project that will provide 1,000 women with antenatal care, postnatal care, care for her newborn, and all at-risk mothers with safe delivery. All 1,000 women will be invited to give birth at HOPE Hospital, but for those who wish to give birth at home, we will connect them with one of our graduating midwives to ensure she is safe. Mothers having birth at home with a midwife will receive a clean birth kit as well as a device that detects post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) to warn the woman and her midwife that she needs to seek medical attention in the event of PPH. This is a continuation of the project we completed in 2014 where we had provided 500 women with safe antenatal care and deivery, which was extremely successful. This project however encompasses many more services and additional care. All mothers will be throoughly educated on safe pregnancy, delivery and newborn care. Thank you again for making our work possible.
The numbers don't lie: we are saving more women's lives than ever before. From the start of this year until now, we have provided 31 cesarean sections, In a population whee over 90% of women have birth at home, one can only imagine how little women come for emergency obstetric care, as the distance is too great and the decision at home is made too late for her life to be saved. This indicates that more women are being educated on healthy pregnancy and delivery by our staff, and more women are receiving antenatal care. During their antenatal care visits are they informed whether they are having a high-risk pregnancy. Mothers are being informed and having the ability, for the first time, to make an informed decision regarding their health, and the health of their baby. Rural mothers are planning their births and taking precautions when necessary to ensure their safety. We have never seen so many women seeking this care at our hospital before, and that is how we know progress is being made.
Thank you for your support in ensuring these rural mothers have access to care and information. Because of you we are truly empowering these women while facilitating healthy families.
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