This is a fascinating and comprehensive look at “Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development” in Laos. The region where I am distributing Clean Birth Kits is an area populated by minority groups.
Nutshell: if you think the Lao-Thai (majority group 67%) have it bad…try being a member of a minority group. And God forbid you are a women…
While I wait to hear from my partner org in Laos about the arrival of the kits, I think about fundraising of course and about my future goals for the project.
Ultimately, I want to support efforts(i.e. raise money) to train midwives.
Also, once the kits are being widely used, I would like health workers to have access to blood mats and misprostol.
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is responsible for around 25% of maternal mortality worldwide (WHO, 2007). Clean Birth Kit can/should include a blood mat and Misoprostol.
Here’s more from Maternova’s site:
CCDRB with Pathfinder and others conducted a large operations research study to determine the efficacy and acceptability of the blood mat and misoprostol as additions to ‘clean delivery kits.’ They found that women were able to use the mat to identify postpartum hemorrhage and administer the misoprostol to themselves. 96% of the women interviewed after the study had used the Quaiyum blood mat to identify postpartum hemorrhage and would use it again.
Looking for a Yoga Class in New Haven CT? Choose a class that saves lives.
CleanBirth.org founder Kristyn Zalota offers yoga classes at The Fitness Haven in New Haven, CT.
Tuesdays, 6:30am. Beginner & Intermediate. Moderate Intensity. Stretch and Strengthen.
Sundays, 6:30pm. All Levels. Gentle Intensity. Totally relax and restore the mind and body.
Yoga & Lamaze® for Expecting Parents
Join Kristyn Zalota, East Rock mom, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Doula, & Childbirth Educator, for an afternoon of building skills for birthing.
This hands-on class will shows moms and dads specific ways to improve your birthing experience.
We will explore:
♥ Yoga poses to prepare your body
♥ Stages of normal birth
♥ Types of movement during labor
♥ The father’s vital birthing role
♥ Comfort measures (e.g. massage)
♥ Relaxation and breathing
When: June 24, 2012, 4-6pm
Where: The Fitness Haven, Corner of State and Bishop
Register: Call 203-562-2833 or Online: www.thefitnesshaven.com
Very interesting article in NY Times about the need for C-sections in poor countries and the fact that they are cost-effective. As well as humane and ethical. And the doctor interviewed endorsed midwives and nurses being trained to perform them.
Caesareans Are Cost-Effective in Poor Countries, Study Finds
Published: May 14, 2012
With many countries chronically short of surgeons, should laymen be trained in emergency surgery? It is one of the trickier questions in global health.
A new study by surgeons and global health specialists, mostly from Harvard Medical School, concluded that performing Caesarean deliveries extensively in 49 poor countries would save 16,800 mothers’ lives annually and prevent many fistulas — internal tearing that can occur in prolonged or obstructed labor after blood flow to vaginal tissue is interrupted, causing it to die. Such injuries can cause lifelong anguish.
The median cost of a Caesarean in these countries was assumed to be $141. In most countries, the operation would save 2 to 6 times its cost in income created by mothers who otherwise would have been left dead or disabled, said Dr. John G. Meara, an author of the study, which was published last month in PLoS One.
The $141 figure was from the World Health Organization, Dr. Meara said, and seemed to assume the surgeries would be performed in hospitals by doctors. Asked if he would favor training nurses and midwives to do Caesareans, he answered, “Oh yes, absolutely.”
Not only would that save more lives at much lower cost, he said, but trained midwives and nurses would be less likely to emigrate, as many doctors do, because wealthier countries are unlikely to let them practice.