Celebrating Samnang – CCF’s 400th Maternal Care Birth
December 5, 2012
Last week something very special happened – the 400th child was born in CCF’s Maternal Care Program. In an area with a tragically high maternal death rate, CCF’s Maternal Care Program has now seen 400 births and we haven’t lost a single mother. So the newest addition — a little boy named Samnang (meaning lucky) — is a real reason to celebrate.
While Sopheak and her new baby boy Samnang were still in the hospital, we sent the maintenance team to Sopheak’s home to renovate it and make it baby friendly. And like any good community project, her husband and even the neighbors were helping out.
Sopheak and her healthy baby boy arrived home on Friday, to a new mattress, new walls, mosquito net, and even a framed picture of Samnang on the wall.
CCF’s Maternal Care Program provides two pre-natal training courses, followed by two post-natal classes, for each mother-to-be. Subjects covered include maternal health, hygiene, nutrition and early childhood development, and each attendee receives rice to compensate for lost earnings.
Every member of the MCP carries a certified CCF Maternal Care Card giving her immediate admission to a quality local maternity clinic, with qualified doctors and high standards. In the event of complications, the patient is immediately referred to a nearby hospital.
Going home with a new baby can be a wonderful, but also daunting experience. Our “Welcome Home Baby” kit helps to ease the transition with some essentials and just a few little luxuries our mothers could never normally afford.
Importantly, our MCP team pays a weekly visit to all members, both before and after birth.
So with Sopheak and Samngang settling into life at home, we’d like to thank the CCF Maternal Care team, the girls from CCF 4 who helped out, the maintenance team, and especially to Sopheak and her family for letting us share this special moment.
Click here to find out more about our Maternal Care Program.
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