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Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health



The birth of a baby is a precious and exciting time, but for many women around the world it is also a time of risk and uncertainty. Help support women through pregnancy and childbirth and give their babies a safer start to life through training local women as birth attendants and providing birthing kits.

How your gift helps

We love how this mother is looking at her little baby with such overwhelming joy! Our partner World Concern (Laos) is working to provide life-giving birthing care for mothers just like her, by training local women as traditional birth attendants.

In rural southern Laos where World Concern is working, many mothers give birth in the field or home, on their own or with help from unskilled family members, such as their mothers or husbands. Most often, they don't have the basic knowledge that can help them deliver their babies in a safe and hygienic environment. These situations often end with injury or illness to the mother and infant, and sometimes in untimely death.

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) help to give mothers and babies a safer birthing experience. They provide antenatal care for pregnant women in their community, link them with the local health clinic and midwife for immunisation and periodic checks, help to deliver babies and offer support and advice after birth on issues like breastfeeding.

TBAs also share messages with others in their community about safe pregnancy and birth. Simple strategies like ensuring a clean birth space, or thorough washing of both mother and attendant before and after giving birth, can reduce the risk of infection for mother and baby.

World Concern also provides TBAs with a birthing 'kit' with useful items for delivery, including a clean razor blade to cut the umbilical cord, and soap for washing. TBAs, who usually work in pairs, are called in early labour, and then stay in or around the family home until the birth, so that they may detect signs or symptoms that indicate the need to refer mothers to the heath clinic or hospital for further birthing care.

About our partner

World Concern (Laos) is a Christian development organisation that works with people facing extreme poverty to provide hope and opportunity. Its projects in Laos mostly focus on some of the country's poorest and most isolated rural tribal communities, where skilled health care is either non-existent or extremely challenging to reach.

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