Indonesia’s rates of maternal and newborn deaths are alarmingly high - among the highest in Asia. More than 17,000 women die every year due to pregnancy-related causes, and there are more than 90,000 deaths of newborns in Indonesia. Project HOPE has been implementing the Saving Lives at Birth project in Serang, a part of Banten Province, Indonesia, since 2012 with excellent results. For example, exclusive breastfeeding from 0-6 months among mothers in this province increased from 28 percent to 58 percent since the start of the project. Due to this success and other successes, Saving Lives at Birth has been renewed for three more years and is expanding to reach more women and children in need. Here is just one example of how this program is saving so many lives.
My name is Kiki, and I’m a midwife in Baros. On April 5, 2015, I was at the health center and a family brought in a pregnant woman who had already started labor, complaining of nausea and with the baby’s head already visible. The woman didn’t have strength to push the baby out, so with the advice of the health center doctor, we induced labor. She then had enough strength to help push the baby out.
As I learned from my Project HOPE training, I examined her and discovered a tear in her birth canal that was bleeding and needed to be stitched. I was able to do this successfully thanks to Project HOPE’s training.
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