Nasreen’s story of tackling double whammy: High-risk pregnancy and Preterm birth

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Nasreen Banu, a 24-year-old mother who, owing to medical complications, had to undergo a C-Section in the seventh month of her pregnancy and deliver a premature baby. All was well at the beginning of Nasreen’s pregnancy. She was happy, and so was her husband.

In the fifth month, the expectant parents got the first piece of bad news – Nasreen was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a regular antenatal examination.

Doctors associated with L&M Foundation’s project prescribed medication for her condition. She diligently began taking it with support from L&M Foundation’s field team.  

In the seventh month, however, the couple were in for another shock – her blood pressure was still too high, and the doctor advised her to undergo a Caesarean section delivery immediately. Nasreen was completely unprepared for this in every way. Her world seemed to be crumbling.

Her newborn weighing 1.2 kilograms was admitted to the NICU immediately. Nasreen was not producing milk, and the baby was being fed formula food. To add to her worries, the baby was diagnosed with a slow heart rate, and their stay at the hospital lasted a total of 41 days. Those days were the darkest of Nasreen’s life. She felt lost, ignorant and alone, and her confidence levels had hit rock bottom.  

During this difficult time L&M Foundation offered Nasreen and her preterm baby following support,

  • Support during antenatal and postnatal period such as essential medicines and micronutrients to manage blood pressure and recovery from C-section delivery.
  • Awareness and support to provide kangaroo mother care (KMC), one of the interventions staunchly supported and practiced at the L&M Foundation during first 1000 days of life.  
  • Boosted her confidence and awareness, to make her feel able to take on her mothering responsibilities capably by guiding her through ongoing counselling through project supported by L&M Foundation.
Both the baby and Nasreen have recovered and are out of hospital. We believe that doing the right thing at the right time can work wonders! Nasreen is improving very well and is in a better position to look after her preterm baby. L&M Foundation pledges to support Nasreen and her baby throughout baby’s first 1000 days of life.