During the antenatal care visits, MTC health staff detected some issues and recommended that Ma Oo should go to Hospital in case an emergency presented during her delivery. Unfortunately, Ma Oo does not have the financial resources to seek care at Hospital, so she insisted that she wanted to deliver at MTC. As health staff understood her situation, they tried their best to care for her…
‘We have no money for any medical treatment. We don’t even have enough money to buy curry for the children. So the services MTC provides are priceless.’
The mother of the newborn baby, Ma Oo [Alias], is originally from Bago Division in Burma. She moved to Mae Sot with her family in 2015 with the goal of finding a job to support her family members. Her husband has been working as a construction worker. While the work is tough, the family income is reduced due to several payments they need. They hold a Certification of Identity, for which Ma Oo’s husband is being charged THB 1,000 per month, with an additional THB 1,800 charged quarterly for the extension of this document. Furthermore, his salary is reduced by payments for accommodation and bills. While the Certificate of Identity ensures that the family can live without fear of being caught by the police, their income is too low to make ends meet.
‘Because we are economically distressed, we sometimes argue over money. As we don’t even have enough money to buy curry for the children. Meanwhile, my husband sometimes drinks with his friends around payday. I absolutely understand that he works very hard for the family and needs to relieve his stress. Nevertheless, I cannot help getting mad at him because my priority is and should be always the children, not our stresses or hardships. But when we argue, we are very careful of not having our children involved.”
She got aware of her latest pregnancy during her 2nd month. Since then, she regularly visited MTC for antenatal care. She never missed any appointment and understands the risks of pregnancy well. During one of her antenatal care visits, MTC health staff detected some issues and recommended that she should go to Mae Sot Hospital in case an emergency presented during her delivery. Unfortunately, Ma Oo does not have the financial resources to seek care at Mae Sot Hospital, so she insisted that she wanted to deliver at MTC. As health staff understood her situation, they tried their best to care for her. Fortunately, the delivery of her third child went without complications.
“Mae Tao Clinic provides meals and accommodation for free, that is the reason why I came here. As we have no money for any medical treatment, the services MTC provides are priceless.
I sincerely thank all MTC health staff for taking good care of me. Especially, I was able to deliver the baby without being referred, which means everything to me. I cannot thank enough all the donors who support the Reproductive Health services as well. I cannot imagine without these services how we could manage things.”
Ma Oo feels dizzy and tired after birth. But she has no big health issues.
“I will use one of the family planning methods available at Mae Tao Clinic as I think it’s wise not to have more children considering our economic situation. I’m not sure when but one day I’d like to go back to my hometown with my family.”
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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 Bago is a city and the capital of the Bago Region in Burma/Myanmar. It is located 91 kilometres (57 miles) north-east of Yangon (Capital of Burma/Myanmar). [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bago,_Myanmar]
 The CI (Certificate of Identity) is for migrants who don’t have a Burmese ID card and household registration document at hand. A CI allows migrants to travel freely in order to obtain necessary documents and ultimately apply for a Burmese Passport.
 Migrant Learning Centre (MLC): Migrant learning centres were established to give all migrant children access to quality education that is relevant and useful to them. Thanks to the support of donors and NGOs, most migrant learning centres around Mae Sot have come a long way from the early days when people ran classrooms out of bamboo huts and shops. [BMWEC website: http://www.bmwec.org/background/]