MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PRENATAL / POST-PARTUM OUTREACH
Currently SMC is conducting weekly clinics that rotate through the surrounding villages of Busu, Masaba, Nkaziweru, Wante, Iwawu, Namsaoga, and most recently has expanded to include Namalemba.
This outreach ensures follow-up with already known pregnant women and alerts us to any newly pregnant women.
Currently, SMC is providing healthcare to over 20 pregnant women who all receive initial maternal health education, an extensive antenatal assessment reviewing past pregnancies, a review of past and current medical history, a psychosocial assessment, a review of current pregnancy and a one month supply of prenatal vitamins. SMC’s full-time nurse, who has been trained by visiting medical personnel on how to conduct the visits, performs much of this work.
We would like to give, each woman over 6 months gestational age is given a safe-birthing kit to be used during the delivery.
Women with risk factors or health concerns are asked to follow-up with the doctor in the clinic and are given free consultation cards. If further specialty care is indicated, they are referred to one of the other health facilities in Iganga. The goal is that each pregnant woman will receive a minimum of 3 visits pre-partum and 1 postpartum visit. The program currently services 20 women with the hope of expansion to 50 in the upcoming year.
As women typically stay at home during the initial postpartum period, community health workers have been trained in initial postpartum assessment and counselling. Any raised concerns will be brought to the clinic staff’s attention for further assessment and management.
We want to set up training opportunities for local Traditional Birthing Attendants (TBAs) as evidence suggests that when TBAs are provided with training to improve skills, maternal and neonatal survival rates also improve.
Education topics would include antenatal care, intrapartum care, recognition of obstetrical complications and emergencies, initial postpartum care and neonatal resuscitation. They would also be provided with a kit to assist them in caring for women during labor. Suubi Medical Centre is researching and will establish relationships with the TBAs and larger health facilities to handle obstetrical emergencies that should arise. SMC’s vehicle once we get one will be used as an ambulance for emergency transfers. SMC also provides educational sessions on maternal health with the women in small group sessions.
Suubi Birthing Centre
Imagine trying to give birth to your baby miles away from any hospital or healthcare facilities with nothing but a dirt floor beneath you, used rags, and a rusty blade to cut the umbilical cord. This may sound like a scene out of a scary movie to some, but for women who live in rural parts of Uganda like Busu village where we work this is often their only option. Mothers and babies often die in these unsanitary conditions.
During the last several years, we have seen so many mothers from remote villages coming to Suubi medical centre to see one of our medical team about a health issue, only to have their baby right in the compound or outside of the gate! With nowhere else to turn, these would-be mothers would have been left to bear their childbirth alone.
How the Suubi Birthing Center will support families
We would like to set up a birthing centre.
Along with prenatal and postnatal care, the Suubi Birthing Center is also a “Women’s Health and Teaching Center,” providing educational classes. Mainly, we want healthy mothers and babies. Poor mothers visiting us will leave with an understanding of:
- Family planning. We teach that it is better to have fewer children who are healthy than a lot of children who have malnutrition.
- Prenatal vitamins, which they receive to help their baby get the nutrients needed for healthy development.
- Proper nutrition for themselves and their baby. Also, what to feed their baby and children when there is little food available, to prevent malnutrition.
- How to take care of themselves before, after, and during pregnancy.
- Good hygiene.
- For mothers who live far away and want to have their baby at home–how to have a safe delivery using one of the trained community midwives
- How to care for their newborns as they develop.
Our Suubi Birthing Center will make the poor people in Busu village and their families feel that they are just like anyone else. We also provide sleeping quarters and food for them.
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