Malnourished and pregnant, Aparna finds support in a Swasthya Sevika to deliver a bonny baby
aEURoeI was afraid to go to the hospital to give birth to my baby, but they were so nice to me that I did not want to leave.aEUR - Aparna.
Aparna came to live in Nandakumarpur in South 24 Parganas after her marriage.
She met a Swasthya Sevika - community health worker, of Sabuj Sangha who suggested that Aparna should take a pregnancy test. The pregnancy test was positive. Aparna and her husband were overjoyed that they were about to welcome their first child.
However, her husband who was the sole earning member of the family had a meager income. This led to Aparna being severely malnourished. She weighed just 34 kg, and her blood pressure was alarmingly low.
The Swasthya Sevika advised Aparna to take care of herself so that she could have a safe delivery. She was encouraged to follow a healthy diet and take adequate rest. The community worker conducted regular antenatal checkups to ensure the health of mother and baby. Her weight increased over time, and she weighed 41.7kg in the last month of pregnancy.
Aparna was also advised to go to Anchal, the local sub-center to receive a tetanus injection.
Due to her condition, the health worker felt it would be safer for Aparna to have her baby in the hospital. Aparna was admitted to Sabuj Sangha Rural Health and Training Centre on her expected date of delivery. Later that night she gave birth to a boy weighing 2.4 kg. She received a hypothermia kit after the safe delivery.
The health worker continued to guide her about infant care and feeding techniques for several months after the delivery,
The access to a healthcare center and counseling helped turn AparnaaEUR(tm)s high-risk. pregnancy to a normal and safe delivery
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