Support our newborn care training team

by Born on the Edge
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
Support our newborn care training team
          We are excited to tell you that in March this year, we celebrated the inaugural delivery of the NEW 15th Module on the Newborn Care Training Course - Developmentally Supportive Care and Early Intervention. Over the last 8 years, our local team in Uganda has developed an evidence-based, 14-module Newborn Care Training Course. In each facility we partner with, we deliver weekly modules for 14 weeks. The course is free of charge, and we provide handouts, refreshments and a contribution towards transport for all students to enable them to attend.
          Since 2014, in partnership with 10 local health facilities, we have delivered this vital in-service training for over 550 healthcare workers involved in newborn care. This much needed 15th module will mean that our babies will begin to not only SURVIVE but also THRIVE. We have already seen a huge change in the approach to developmentally supportive care in the neonatal unit and hope that adding this module to other courses across the region will have wide reaching effects on the development of our young children.
          What is developmentally supportive care? Babies in a neonatal unit can face many painful tests, stressful procedures, loud noises, and bright lights. This is very very different to the warm, dark, comfort of their mother's womb. Babies may have trouble comforting themselves when not being held or during tests and procedures. Premature babies need special support to help their brains to mature and develop as they would have done in their mother's womb. So, alongside improving the care of sick and premature babies using machines and medicine, there are treatments that we can use to focus on the special emotional and developmental needs of these babies.
          Developmentally supportive care includes many aspects such as:
* Meeting babies’ comfort needs
* Helping babies feel secure
* Helping babies develop normal sleep patterns
* Decreasing stimulation from noise, lights, or procedures
          The benefit of developmentally supportive care are huge, especially for our premature babies:
* Shorter hospital stays
* Fewer complications
* Improved weight gain
* Better feeding
* Enhanced parent and infant bonding
          All of this is dependent on our newborn care training team. The team continues to expand to allow us to train more and more people. with this comes greater financial responsibility for ourselves. We need to increase our numbers of supporters who donate on a monthly basis. This is where you come in. A small contribution will support the salary of a member of our training team who will have an impact on the lives of hundreds of newborn babies and their families. Imagine how you would feel when you proudly share our story with your friends and family knowing that your support keeps us going and saves lives of some of the worlds most small and vulnerable babies. Thank you.
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For this months project report we would like to tell you Lorna’s story. It's the story of just one mama and her baby, but she’s not so unlike many other mamas that we care for everyday.
Join us on a journey to read Lorna’s story, and open your heart to the possibility of giving a gift that will provide LIFE and HOPE to babies and mamas like Lorna. That’s what we’re asking for — for you to support our neonatal trainers so that together we can give the gift of LIFE and HOPE.
“I was just 15 years old when I gave birth to my first baby. It has changed my life. I conceived during the lock down as my school was closed. I had dreams of becoming a nurse, but now I am not sure if I will go back. I live with my mother who is a peasant farmer and has no source of income for my school fees. When I realised I was pregnant, at about 6months, I went to a clinic for antenatal services with a midwife. Shortly after that, I got malaria and that led to me delivering my baby boy at 6 months. He weighed just 960g and was so tiny. I gave birth in a small clinic, and they immediately referred me to the Neonatal Unit.
Here, he was put in the high-dependency area on a breathing machine called CPAP and I learnt to tie him in Kangaroo. The team showed me how to express my milk to give to him with a feeding tube, but right from the start, I struggled to express my breast milk. I tried everything they recommended, and ate daily from the Nourish-to-Nurture programme, but I couldn’t express enough milk to meet the demands of my baby boy. This made me really stressed. I truly thank God for the Donor Human Milk that came to my rescue. This helped me so much and my baby was able to gain weight, he stopped crying so much and I felt better. It brought a feeling of great relief and joy to me. Without the donor human milk my baby might not be here today.
My baby is due for discharge today!
I am so happy that the Donor Milk has given my child a chance to live and I am very grateful to ATTA Breastmilk and the Donor Mothers. I encourage all mothers in a similar situation to embrace Human Donor Milk and those that are able to donate please go ahead as this is indeed lifesaving and could help so many babies.
I am so very grateful to God, the Neonatal team, and the Donor mothers for giving my child a chance to live. I look forward to an opportunity of getting back to school when I can find my school fees so that I can pursue my dream of becoming a nurse and help others.”
The more you give in support of our neonatal training team, the more mothers and their babies that we can support. Please don't hesitate, donate today. 
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Lorna's story
Lorna's story
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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees’. - Amelia Earhart.
What will be your act if kindness today? Please consider supporting our neonatal trainers and clinicians, who lead the staff training, neonatal education and clinical care of our babies. Here we share one of our patient's stories:
“We came here when our baby was very sick, we almost lost him. He was only a few days old, but he was convulsing, passing blood and in septic shock. The team admitted us and started him on oxygen and treatment immediately, they were so good watching after our baby all the time. The convulsions stopped, but after 2 days he wasn’t improving and he started vomiting a green colour. The doctor sent us for x-ray and I was so worried as I had not seen any other patients being sent for X-ray. My hope begun to leave me, I thought we were going to loose him. Thankfully the x-ray wasn’t too bad, but the doctor explained that our baby’s infection wasn’t responding to any of the medications that were available in the hospital and that they wanted to change him onto another medication, but that it was quite expensive.
We wanted to try, so we found the money and we started that morning. He started to improve a little by that evening and finally his temperature and heart rate started to normalise. Day by day our baby improved. He is now perfect, doing well, his brain scan is normal and he is breastfeeding well. We have spent 17 days in the neonatal unit, but we don’t regret a single moment.
The team has done us so well and we pray they may live long to treat many more children. We thank God for the doctors and nurses, because today we have been sent home with our beautiful baby.”
We can only continue this amazing work in eastern Uganda with the support of people like you. If you would like to set up a fundraiser to raise money for much needed additional monitoring and breathing equipment, support a neonatal care training course or support our neonatal trainers, we would be so grateful for any donation you can give
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“I am Zabaali and I am 32 years old. After a long period of 15 years since my first born, I am now a mother of two children.
I had my first born at 18 years old and carried my first pregnancy up to term. However since my first pregnancy, all the rest of my pregnancies have all ended early. Several investigations were done and nothing was found to be the definitive cause. Me and my husband we have been worried for all that time. However for this 8th pregnancy the story has been little different, I started falling sick at 5 months of pregnancy. I went to hospital for treatment and kept going back for review. The doctors told me I had urine infection which kept returning. When I made 6months, the infection recurred and I got malaria at the same time. I felt so bad and very weak during that time. Suddenly, one morning I realised water was flowing down my legs, though there was no blood and I felt no pain. I was quickly rushed to the main hospital and put on bed rest. I was already so worried of losing my baby again. On the second day of admission the labour pains started and worsened within hours. At around midday my baby came out and she didn't cry immediately however she was rushed to neonatal unit.
The day my baby girl was admitted, she was unstable with difficult breathing and kept stopping to breath. She only weighed 850g. The doctors told me my baby required a breathing machine (CPAP) to help her breath since she was so very tiny, but no machine was available. They were all occupied by other sick babies. The doctors and nurses encouraged me to keep the baby warm by kangaroo mother care and she was kept on oxygen.
The following day a CPAP machine was given to my little angel and the doctor encouraged me and promised me that she would do whatever she could to see my small baby survive. The team of doctors and nurses worked and encouraged me as I also followed the instructions they gave me. I practiced continuous kangaroo care, expressed milk to feed her ever 2 hours and kept everything as clean as I could. I did that all routinely for the whole three months we were admitted in the unit.
Am very happy that my baby managed to pull through from the time of birth, when she was only 850g, to the 1350g she weighs today.
As we are discharged to continue her care from home, me and my husband are very grateful to the entire Neonatal team for their hard work. I pray that the Almighty enables her to live since she managed to survive from being born too early. I also encourage other mothers who have prematures to always have have faith that their small babies can survive when given good care with the help of doctors.
Thank you Neonatal Team.”
Our Neonatal Clinical Officers are one of the key factors to the success of our programme in eastern Uganda. Not only do they provide hands-on, expert and loving care to all our babies and their families every single day of the year, but they spend much of their days teaching and training. They give bedside teaching for the neonatal team of today and tomorrow; nurses, doctors, nursing students and medical students. And they deliver our 14 module Newborn Care Training Course to healthcare workers at health facilities across the region.
Why not support our work, by supporting one of our clinical staff to deliver this life saving care and training?
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“I kept strong and kept believing my baby could make it, and he did!”
“I am so glad that my baby is alive and growing fatter cheeks everyday.”
“I honestly didn't believe that my baby would survive.”
“Indeed, I never expected my baby to live.”
These are the words of some of our mamas when talking about their tiny babies born at 1kg or less in one of the poorest countries in the world. What an immense privilege it is to be part of their journey to becoming a mama, to give them hope and to give these tiny friends a chance to grow and become someone.
Eastern Uganda has a population of over 4 million people. There is one main referral hospital in the region, in Mbale and our neonatal unit is at the centre. Despite its challenges and the often overwhelming numbers, it is the people that run the ward that touch the lives of these tiny babies every day. Not only are they the ones to provide medical care, they are also teachers. Whether they are training staff from other health facilities during their placements in the neonatal unit or teaching on our newborn care training course out in the district hospitals, our clinical trainers never stop their work. 
One of the key aspects of care for a baby that is born early is to teach the mother (or father, sister, auntie, grandmother) how to look after their baby. By involving them in the day to day care on the ward, not only does it relieve a small proportion of the work for the nursing staff, it also gives them hands on experience of caring for their newborn. Whether it is feeding expressed brest milk with a spoon, keeping the baby warm in kangaroo care or looking out for danger signs that might represent a problem, every day is a learning opportunity. 
We can sometimes focus too much on the formal training courses that we run in other health facilities and forget that every day, with every encounter our team on the ground is sharing their knowledge, experience and skills. We are grateful to them for the wonderful work they continue to do.

We are asking you to remember that none of this is possible without your support. Your donations provide a salary for our neonatal clinical officers, without whom, the neonatal unit would be overwhelmed. In these difficult times we are asking you to consider providing regular support to our clinical training team with a small monthly donation.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you
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