28 August 2014

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

MaterCare International works hard to support mothers and families in providing the best possible care for their children. That's why we're proud to announce that MCI's St. John Paul II Maternity Hospital in Isiolo has once again hosted an educational breastfeeding workshop. This annual event helps to overcome some of the perceived obstacles to breastfeeding and offers community events and educational information. 

We'll be sharing photos of these events soon on our Facebook page.

The Huffington Post had a great article here on how you can support breastfeeding moms;

Breastfeeding can be a challenge, so it's important to help moms through this critical time. Here are a few ways family and friends can support breastfeeding moms:
Learn about breastfeeding. From nursing magazines to scientific journals, gather as much information as you can. The first step towards helping a breastfeeding mom is to understand what she's going through.
Connect with experts. Doctors, nurses, breastfeeding counselors or even friends that are also breastfeeding are great resources. Everyone has a different experience, so stay in touch with them and gather useful tips.
Take over household responsibilities. Do the laundry, mop the floor, do the dishes, take out the trash, cook, and even run a bath for the mom. Provide a clean, relaxing environment so the mom can focus solely on taking care of the baby.
Connect with the baby. Nursing is hard work, and it's important to show the mom that she's not alone. Show her that you care about the baby as much as she does, and offer to take care of the baby so she can get enough rest.
Make the mom happy. Buy the mom some flowers and tell her that she's beautiful. Let her know that she is doing a great job taking care of the baby. Nursing moms often forget to take care of themselves, so the people around her should take care of her.
Family and friends play a huge role in a mom's breastfeeding journey. Don't overlook the power of support.  (source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joy-kosak/5-ways-to-support-breastf_b_5693132.html)

31 July 2014

Meeting the need for Natural Family Planning

From POP.org,

African Women Turning to Natural Family Planning; Turning Down Abortifacient Contraceptives, Survey Reveals 

By Anne Morse and Steven Mosher

It seemed like your typical family planning conference: it was sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. It had the typical title: “Is access enough? Understanding and addressing unmet need for Family Planning.” It even seemed to have the usual group of presenters ready with their cherry-picked findings to lobby for even more money to be spent on the contraception and sterilization of African women.
Read the full article here: http://pop.org/content/african-women-turning-natural-family-planning-turning-down-abortifacient-contraceptives-surv 

14 July 2014

Delivery update from Daaba

-by Sister Jacinta Njeru

On  the 11th of June at 3AM a TBA (traditional birth attendant) called to ask for help from Daaba, a place located 56 kms from Isiolo. She had a neighbor, a young girl around 16-18 years old, in prolonged labor but before term. After reassuring her, the ambulance and driver were released to go and collect them.The road is horrible, but the driver arrived safely and picked up the young mother, TBA, and her relative to bring them to MaterCare's St. John Paul II hospital.

On the way, her labor was aggravated by the rough road, and the mother had strong contractions. Since the ambulance had a delivery pack and other necessities, she was encouraged to push. Just a few kilometers from the hospital, she delivered a male child. The child was in good health, though born premature.
The mother was examined, and was diagnosed with placenta delayed separation. They rushed her to the hospital immediately and arrived at the labor ward. The placenta was delivered, and the mother, who had sustained a third degree tear, was treated in the theater.

Baby was examined and weighed 2800 grams (6.2lbs), breastfeeding initiated. Due to much blood loss the mother had dizziness, she had not attended antenatal clinic, and her blood count was low. She was given Ranferon and IV infusions until she was stable. The TBA and relatives thanked the hospital staff and MaterCare that saved both their girl's life that of the baby.