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YOU can ensure the safe delivery of a baby into this world. Save the lives of mothers and new babies by sponsoring a safe childbirth at Mae Tao Clinic.
We'd like to introduce you to the newest members of the GreaterGood community. Weighing in at 2.5lbs each of these precious girls were safely delivered into the arms of their mother Wai di. She was unaware that she was having twins and went into premature labor at home when she was 7 months pregnant and ended up losing consciousness! Her family transported her to MTC where staff helped her safely deliver her babies and supported her as she regained consciousness and awareness that she had just delivered TWINS! She was unaware that she was having twins because she did not receive prenatal care.
After their birth the family remained at MTC for six weeks to ensure they were carefully monitored, given treatment and nutritional feeding. Once they each twin weighed 5 lbs each the family was discharged to return home. During this time health workers continuously provided her with health education on immunization, nutrition, breastfeeding, disease prevention and identification, etc. Now, Wai Di visits the clinic twice a month and each round trip costs her $15 which is more than she can afford. "I need to come more often because I cannot bring two babies at the same time as I cannot hold them both on the motorcycle. It is burdensome and costly but thanks to the clinic (WHICH YOUR DONATIONS HELP COVER) I do not need to pay for any medical bills. I know the trips are worth it for my babies health and I'd like to thank you for caring about us."
You can help. Along the Thai/Burmese border, infant mortality rates are 5 times higher and maternal mortality rates are 24 times higher than the rest of Thailand. Stories like Wai Di's are all too common. Save a mother and child by donating today—right now, thanks to a generous matching gift, you can ensure a safe birth for mother and child for just $43.
2018 Monthly Newborn Feature
October - Hlaing Oo
Hlaing Oo is a 24 year old mother to 3 children under the age of 4. She moved to Bangkok from Myanmar 10 years ago for better work and ears $15 per day. She noticed she was pregnant when her stomach was getting bigger. At that time she went to a hospital in Bangkok, where they confirmed she was indeed 6 months pregnant. At first she was not sure whether to be happy about her pregnancy, as she did not plan on having more children. Yet at the same time, she did not have knowledge about contraceptive methods. Her healthy baby boy was delivered just a few days ago without complications and weighed 6 lbs 6 ounces. She plans to leave her son with her sister after a few months and return to Bangkok to continue working in order to send monthly support to her family.
September - Ma Htoo
Ma Htoo is a 31-year old mother of a newborn baby. She had an amazingly fast labor and delivered her baby girl within 3 hours of labor. During and after the delivery, there was no complication and the baby was healthy; the birthweight was 3.2 kg (7.05 lbs) and she will soon be vaccinated and provided with birth records.Ma Htoo has 5 children including the newborn: the eldest is 5 years old. Which means she has 5 children 5 and under, all of whom were born at MTC. In her village, there is no clinic and the 90 â 100 households are made up of migrant workers. Most villagers know about Mae Tao Clinic and get treatment when they have health issues.
August - Kyaw Eh Paw
Kyaw Eh Paw has 4 siblings. His parents are from Karen state, Burma and currently live in Mae Ku, in Thailand. They moved to Thailand in search of work 5 years ago. Around 50 - 60 households lived in the village they are originally from. There are no clinics in the village they came from so villagers mainly rely on traditional medicine. Mu Eh Lar delivered her 3 other children at home with a traditional birth attendant. This time her husband encouraged her to come to Mae Tao Clinic. After two days of contractions Mu Eh Lar delivered her baby boy with the support of the MTC staff. She was extremely grateful for the clinic because after receiving immunizations her son became feverish. He was admitted to the Reproductive Health Inpatient Department (RHIPD) for the monitoring for a week and she was able to stay with him for free at the clinic until the fever subsided.
Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to serve the flood of displaced Burmese people surging across the border into Thailand, has served tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in the border region of Mae Sot, Thailand. In November 2007, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy named Dr. Cynthia Maung as the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
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