Pushpa saves Asha’s baby
Married at a young age, 18-year-old Asha recently gave birth to a baby girl at a public health post at Dodhari in Bardiya district. Her family get help from a female community health volunteer in her village to help her through the pregnancy process, assisting her with advice and information on taking nutritious food, vitamins and iron tablets, and going for regular check up. In addition, her FCHV also encouraged her husband and mother-in-law to take her to the health post to give birth in the presence of skilled birth attendants.
When the time came for the baby to arrive, Asha had a prolonged labour. After much difficulty, she gave birth to a baby girl with help from Pushpa, an auxiliary nurse and midwife at the health post. But, her baby didn’t cry and was not breathing. Pushpa, who had just finished the seven-day community based newborn care training, started stimulating the baby and used the dee lee suction to help the baby breathe. When these methods could not revive the baby, Pushpa used the bag and mask to resuscitate the baby. The baby started crying after a while. Everyone was relieved.
Pushpa recalls,"I have seen many babies born like that, not breathing. We didn’t know how to save them. Now since the training, I have already saved few babies with the bag and mask technique." Pusha became a health worker inspired by her own harrowing experience at child birth – She was only 16 and she was hung on a tree for four days and asked to push. So, now she is very happy to be able to help women like Asha on a daily basis – be the one to help mother’s bring their babies safely to this world.