A Mother's Loving Warmth Saves Her Child

A Mother's Loving Warmth Saves Her Child

Meet Sophie.

I'd like to introduce you to a special mother. Her name is Mama Sophie (meet her in this video). Seven months pregnant and experiencing pain, Sophie went to the Dipeta Health Facility in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):

I thought maybe the baby was changing position in the womb, but…[they told me the baby was coming].

Sophie was frightened: she had lost two babies before. She wasn’t the only person concerned. Dipeta Health Facility has an incubator, but doesn't have a reliable source of electricity to use it.

When I delivered... I could see people were worried… But, Mama Esther, the birth attendant said: ‘Mardochée will grow up in the Kangaroo Mother style.'

Trained by the birth attendant on Kangaroo Mother Care, Sophie held Mardochée skin-to-skin close against her chest -- wrapped in a cloth like a kangaroo protecting a newborn in its pouch -- for days and days.

What is Kangaroo Mother Care? 

Kangaroo Mother Care promotes skin-to-skin contact between newborns and their mothers, exclusive breastfeeding, and emotional support and bonding. Dr. Auguy Okese, Medical Director of Dipeta Health Facility, trained by MSH and partners on Kangaroo Mother Care, describes the benefits (e.g. warming the baby like an incubator, stabilizing the baby’s breathing, helping normalize the baby’s heart beats, protecting against infections, and facilitating breastfeeding) in this video.

In DRC, MSH and partners have helped save over 109,000 children’s lives.

Now, Mardochée is a healthy two-year-old boy –– a gift to his family and community –– and living proof of the healing power of a mother’s love.

Mother's Day, Every Day

Every day, MSH works to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. This Mother’s Day, give a gift that can save a life

Your gifts to MSH for Mother's Day will help local leaders bring life-saving methods, like Kangaroo Mother Care, across Africa. With your support, MSH can continue to support locally-led, locally-run solutions to address critical health problems, like maternal and newborn survival, in the hardest-to-reach places around the world.

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