This month, while world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly, WRA has called on our members to submit stories and photographs that illustrate progess that is being made to maternal and newborn health, as well as the efforts of advocates to hold governments accountable to commitments that have been made to Every Woman, Every Child. This posting comes from Jannekah Rosser of WRA Kenya.
Developing supportive communities and networks is critical to improving maternal health.
In this photo WRA member Jannekah Rosser works with young mothers to discuss health and safety during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
In the photo above, traditional birth attendants, nurse-midwives and nurses gathered from several villages to share ideas and learn about safe birth practices. Establishing good relationships between midwives and clinics is essential so that if midwives detect any potential complications, they can easily and quickly transfer mothers to a clinic without the fear of negative repercussions that can be common here in Kenya.
While it is critical for governments to take action to improve maternal and newborn health, there are also many solutions that can be and are being implemented at the community level.