Dear HOPE Supporter,
Your support of our project to train birth attendants made our project to provide 500 women with antenatal care and encourage skilled birth attendance a huge success! Not only did we provide 500 women in our local area with antenatal care, whereas only 7% in this area normally receive it, but we increased hospital delivery from 10% to 30% and skilled birth attendance at home from 8% to 40%. There were ZERO maternal mortalities and ZERO cases of obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury prevalent in this area. All 500 women received education on caring for herself and baby post- delivery, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding counseling and family planning.
This was an excellent experience for our birth attendant students to truly engage with pregnant mothers, improve their quality of care and understanding how to work with patients on-on-one, and to gain meaninful experience navigating appropriate ways to disseminate sometimes culturally sensitive information such as family planning. HOPE could not be happier. Please read below a story of one of the patients who was educated by our students and made a critical decision regarding both her and her baby's lives:
Johura is 27 years old and has finished schooling up to class 8. This was Johura’s second pregnancy. In her first pregnancy she suffered uterine complications and to avert the recurrence this time she enrolled to ensure a safe delivery. During ANC, she came to know about the Dos and Don’ts during pregnancy and benefitted tremendously. While attending an interactive counseling session during ANC, Johura shared her experience about her first which was a home-based birth without skilled a skilled birth attendant. After giving birth to her second child at HOPE she found that HOPE provided her the necessary care and support. The baby is doing well and being exclusively breast-fed as recommended.
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