Meet Our Patients (60): Newborn Baby

24 years old Powk Yaer delivered her newborn baby at Mae Tao Clinic. Initially, Powk Yaer intended to deliver her baby at home with the assistance of a traditional birth attendant (TBA); however, she developed abdominal pain causing the TBA to recommend that she go to a hospital. Although Mae Sot was over 3 hours from their home, Powk Yaer and her family decided to make the journey to MTC.

 

2 days ago, 24 years old Powk Yaer delivered her newborn baby in the Reproductive Health Inpatient Department at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). She and her family are from the Karen state in southeastern Burma.

Despite becoming aware of her pregnancy around a month in, she did not receive any health care during the first 4 months. A village, where Powk Yaer is from, is home to over 200 households; however, there is no health clinic in the area. Fortunately for her, a mobile maternal health organization which provided regular check-ups for pregnant women visited the village monthly. Powk Yaer and her family work as farmers, as do most of the people in their village, and earn around 80,000 kyat (52 US$) per month, though their income fluctuates regularly.

Initially, Powk Yaer intended to deliver her baby at home with the assistance of a traditional birth attendant (TBA); however, she developed abdominal pain causing the TBA to recommend that she go to a hospital. Some of the villagers had come to MTC for their deliveries and spoke very highly of their experiences. And so, despite the fact that Mae Sot was over 3 hours from their home, Powk Yaer and her family decided to make the journey to MTC.

After arriving at MTC, the staff provided treatment for her abdominal pain and ultimately delivered the baby without any issues. Her newborn daughter weighed 3.74 kg (7.65 pounds) at the time of birth. Following her delivery, the family received child care and immunization education.

“This was the first time visiting the Mae Tao Clinic. We are deeply appreciative of the care that was provided for us while we were here. We also want to acknowledge and thank the donors that have contributed to MTC’s Reproductive Health Department, as it allowed us the opportunity to have a safe delivery.”

The family is overjoyed with their newborn baby girl. They plan to have her attend school in Burma, and hope that one day she’ll become a doctor herself.


We aim to ensure specific training for our midwives, improved clinical supervision and improved infection control in the delivery room. We regularly review the patients we referred and monitor our referral outcomes. Of 2,327 admissions to Reproductive Health In-patient Department in 2017, 2,152 babies were safely delivered at Mae Tao Clinic while 179 women (7.7%) were referred to Mae Sot General Hospital for advanced emergency obstetric care.

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