Stories of Kangaroo Mother Care

From the Daily Nation by Stanley Kimuge

Edith Nafula, 38, had been waiting for three years to get pregnant. When she did in 2015, she had no idea that it would mark the genesis of her struggles. Her excitement was cut short, when the baby was born prematurely (one week before term) and died.

Doctors at the Webuye County Hospital said it was because of high blood pressure.

Back home, her husband and his relatives became hostile. She got pregnant again last year, but at 26 weeks, she developed complications. At 27 weeks (on November 9), she went into labour early, due to high blood pressure, and delivered through C-section at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

Her baby weighed 600grammes and was placed in an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit. She named her Testimony, a reminder that anyone can overcome the harrowing experience.

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