Towards the end of last year I signed up to join Team Mum, it is a fantastic cause to help support mums. Mums who don’t have anywhere near the support they deserve. The campaign officially launched 1st February and every now and then I will be sharing some of the mum’s stories.
Stories just like Donata’s.
Donata lives in rural Kenya with her two children, Maxwell and Victor. Donata was married at 19 and had her first baby, Maxwell when she was 20. The pregnancy was unexpected, Donata was relieved that her parents were supportive, but told us that having a baby so young made her feel lost. She would go to local antenatal clinics, but she would often have to wait from morning until evening to see a doctor, sometimes she would wait all day only to be told to return again the next day. Donata felt shy and unprepared, she says no-one advised her what to buy or how to prepare for the birth. When Donata went into labour, she didn’t recognise it and thought she was just in pain. She gave birth to Maxwell in the local hospital where, she says, staff were stressed and rude – and the hospital was very busy.
Donata’s husband left the family when she was two months pregnant with their second son, Victor. She was very stressed, as without any financial contribution from him, she was reliant on her income. She didn’t want to return to the same clinic to give birth, so she continued to work hard as a hairdresser, raising enough money to have Victor in a private hospital. This was very expensive for her, but despite birth complications and financial worries she preferred giving birth there. Since he left, Donata’s husband has not contacted her or visited Victor.
Donata would love to encourage more young women in her area to get an education and a job before falling pregnant and getting married, so they have more independence. Donata is enrolled in a local Child.org nutritional training programme, and she told us that being part of this community of women helped her to find meaning in life again after her husband left.
Donata would love to see Team Mum pregnant women’s groups in her area, providing support and important health advice for scared young mums who are in the same position she was in.
In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before they reach their first birthday. Stories like Donata’s help us to understand why that is – new mums simply aren’t receiving the health information and support they need to keep their babies safe.
Together, Team Mum will arm new mums with this vital information and support. To do this, we need you to donate so we can launch pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya.
Join Team Mum! Together we can reach new mums like Donata with vital breastfeeding support, through our new pregnancy support groups
Donate to support mums like Donata before 30 April, and the UK Government will double your donation: child.org/teammum #teammum #ukaidmatch
Disclosure – I have received no compensation in relation to this post, it is just a cause I fully support and want to help!!