Imagine being pregnant with your first baby in the uncertainty of a pandemic, and living hours away from any doctor or hospital with emergency care. This is Carolina’s story.
Hola amigos y amigas (Hello friends),
I am 22 years old, and I live in the rural, remote community of Fila Grande in Matagalpa. It is a beautiful place, with natural springs, mountains, and wonderful views, but the nearest hospital is hours away.
Last year, I was pregnant with my first child, and Petronilo, the AMOS Health Promoter in my community, was such an important person throughout my pregnancy. He made sure I had prenatal multivitamins, and checked on my health every month. He gave me advice about good nutrition habits, and counseled me on potential signs of alarm. As a first-time mother, his support meant the world.
Two weeks before my due date, my relatives called Petronilo because I was in a lot of pain. I was afraid, but I knew Petronilo could help my baby and me.
He arrived quickly, and after examining me, he immediately called the nearest health unit to send an ambulance. And to save some time, he and several health committee members carried me on a hammock to get me closer to the main road going out of our community.
Petronilo had learned from AMOS about the risks of having home births for the health and safety of both moms and their babies. So even though I was afraid to leave my community because of the pandemic, he convinced me to go to the nearest health unit so I could give birth safely.
Looking back, I’m so grateful Petronilo gave me this guidance. After I arrived at the health unit, I stayed at the maternity waiting home until I gave birth a few days later. Thanks to God and supporters like you, I am back in my community with my baby, and both of us are doing great!
I already love being a mom. Thank you for caring for me and my baby.
Bendiciones – blessings,