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The birth of a baby is a special event. Mothers need doctors ornurses to help them when they give birth because it is a difficultjob.
Salma When 18 year old Salma and her husband, Masud, found out that they were expecting their first child they were both worried that there may be problems.
Salma was often sick and had no appetite.There were no doctors or hospitals nearby. They didn’t know whatto do.
Then someone told them about a woman called Pronoti, who livedin a nearby village and knew a lot about pregnancy.Pronoti helped Salma relax. She checked her baby was safe.
Pronoti told Salma she needed to eat more foods with iron inthem, and explained what foods she should eat. Salma says, “Her words really reassured me.”
Salma soon started to feel stronger. She gave birth to a beautifulbaby girl, named ‘Maya’. “Every day I feel more confident that I can care for my daughter and I know that I can get good advice from Pronoti if anything does happen.”
Pronoti is still visiting Salma to show her how to keep Mayahealthy. Salma is also sharing what she has learnt aboutpregnancy and motherhood to other women in her area.
Pronoti trained as a midwife through the Safe Motherhood Project(SMP), supported by Caritas Australia. “The women I have been looking after encourage other pregnant women to contact me.”
Caritas Australia and the Safe Motherhood Program is helpingwomen in Bangladesh to ensure their babies have a safe andhealthy start to life.
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