Yu Yu and her family are from Burma where they, like many others, are employed as daily workers, earning roughly 70,000 Kyat ($45 USD) per month. A few months after finding out about the pregnancy, Yu Yu’s husband left to pursue a job opportunity in Malaysia. He cut off all contact with his family because he had remarried there. One day, while Yu Yu and her family were at work, their house was burned down by a group of children playing with fire nearby. They lost everything. Yu Yu could no longer afford to get treatment from the clinic…

 

First-time mother, Yu Yu, delivered her newborn daughter on March 14. Yu Yu and her family are from Burma where they, like many others, are employed as daily workers, earning roughly 70,000 Kyat ($45 USD) per month.

 

She and her mother first visited the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinic in their village after Yu Yu began suspecting she was pregnant. Unfortunately, a few months after finding out about the pregnancy, Yu Yu’s husband left to pursue a job opportunity in Malaysia. He cut off all contact with his family; however, Yu Yu would eventually discover through a friend that her husband had remarried.

 

Every month Yu Yu would go to the MCH clinic in her village to receive antenatal treatment. Each visit cost her about 30,000 kyat ($20 USD), nearly half of her monthly earnings. Despite the cost, she continued making these visits until a terrible accident further complicated an already difficult situation.

 

One day, while Yu Yu and her family were at work, their house was burned down by a group of children playing with fire nearby. They lost everything. Yu Yu could no longer afford to get treatment from the clinic.

 

Left with an insurmountable burden, and in a state of desperation, Yu Yu reached out to her sister, who works in Bangkok, to ask for help with her delivery costs, totaling around 200,000 kyat ($130 USD); to which her sister agreed. Yu Yu planned on traveling to Mae Sot to receive the money from her sister through a mutual friend before returning home for her delivery in Than Htun. Though, soon after crossing the border into Thailand, she began experiencing contractions. She knew of Mae Tao Clinic from when she had previously lived in the Mae Sot area. And so, as quickly as they were able to, Yu Yu, along with her friend, made their way to MTC.

 

In spite of all of the challenges that Yu Yu endured throughout her pregnancy, she delivered her baby without any complications. The newborn weighed 3.2 kg at the time of birth. Yu Yu was overjoyed to have her first child and daughter. Nevertheless, the MTC staff understands the difficulties of being a first-time mother, particularly without the support of a partner, and provided her with comprehensive child health and breastfeeding education.

 

Yu Yu would like for her daughter to receive a Thai education in Mae Sot, where she eventually plans to return.

 

“I’m really grateful for the care that Mae Tao Clinic provided me. Thank you also to the people whose donations cover the cost of deliveries at MTC. You are very kind and your support is impactful. I hope that in the future, this, and other types of healthcare treatment are continually made more accessible to poor and remote communities that are in dire need.” 


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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