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Supporting vulnerable pregnant women and newborns in Kenya

Our Approach 

We  Collaborate with the local community, and other support networks.

We conduct an Initial Enquiry Session to help us know the women better and to determine their needs.

We strongly encourage women accessing our services, to be involved every step of the way, through our Participatory Action Approach

Women attend well-being information sessions, which are held at our Drop-in center.

Women accessing the program are also encouraged to train as helpers, through our incentivized Mentoring Program, and eventually volunteer with the program, post-natal.

We also pair each woman with a Welfare Support Person.

“The need for quality maternity and newborn care does not stop once a baby is born, indeed, the birth of a baby is a life-changing moment, one that is bound by love, hope and excitement, but it can also cause unprecedented stress and anxiety. Parents need strong health care and support systems, especially women, whose needs are too often neglected when the baby comes.

Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing at WHO.

Evidence based Care and Support

Woman Eternal has a new approach to provide pre- and post-natal support to vulnerable pregnant women. Integrating social, welfare and mental health support, while addressing the inequalities vulnerable women face. 

Woman Eternal model of support and care for pregnant vulnerable women is supported by various findings, that indicate:

  • Pregnant women who receive prenatal welfare and social support experience better progress in labour. 

  • The type of support received, such as, assistance with prenatal duties, material and informational support are incredibly important for better birth outcomes. 

  • Women who have access to better and more social support deliver babies with higher birth weight.

  • Mental health is also an important determining factor, pregnant women who experience prenatal life events, such as abuse, drug and alcohol dependency, poverty, unemployment, but receive social support during pregnancy experience less post- natal depression after birth.

  • Social support can reduce the extent to which daily life circumstances are considered stressful.

  • Social support promotes positive lifestyle choices by enhancing self-esteem or feeling of self-worth in addition to influencing changes from risky behavior, as well as improved diet and exercise.

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