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Empowering Maternal Health Saved a Baby’s Life

Ni Nengah Srigampil, EBPP Midwife

As we are now in the final year of our 5-year malnutrition study for “Developing a Family-Based Nutrition Intervention Model in Ban Village,” in collaboration with Udayana University, our success story this week focuses on pregnant women’s family gathering program, which includes health and nutrition education to ensure good maternal health. Topics covered encompass the importance of routine prenatal care and the necessity of 10 complete pregnancy checks, whilst also addressing issues such as chronic energy deficiency, anaemia, iodine deficiency, balanced nutrition for pregnant women, early initiation of breastfeeding, and exclusive breastfeeding.

During our follow-up survey with pregnant women participants, we had a touching testimonial from a mother who had a miscarriage in her second pregnancy and foetal death in her third pregnancy due to undetected leaking of amniotic fluid in the womb. Grateful for EBPP's support and information during the 2022 malnutrition study, she credited our guidance for her successfully fourth pregnancy. She revealed that after learning about balanced nutrition, her family made conscious efforts to provide good nutrition throughout the pregnancy. Following EBPP's guidance, they ensured she underwent the recommended pregnancy checks, which revealed low amniotic fluid levels at the third trimester, necessitating urgent intervention. Thanks to timely action, the mother delivered a healthy baby via caesarean section on 24 February 2023.

Now 11 months old, the baby is entering the phase of introducing solid foods as complementary nourishment alongside breastfeeding. The mother is determined to meet this new challenge, aiming to provide her baby with the best nutrition for sustained healthy and optimal growth.

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