Tag: Birth house

How to wash properly has to be learned – our baby bath training

Back to Life supports the mothers with various training courses so that they can care for the newborns in the best possible way. This also includes the “baby bath training” that was developed by our midwives for the young mothers. It shows them how important regular hygiene right from the start is for a healthy growth. They learn which diseases they can actively prevent through hygiene, such as diarrhea, skin diseases, ear infections. Regular bathing of babies has simply been neglected so far, due to lack of water, because of the cold or because it was not perceived as important. The mothers...

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Cut off from the rest of the world – no salvation

Winter in the high mountains, 2014: Because of the persistent bad weather in Mugu, a young woman paid a very high price.WITHOUT ADVICE AND HELP DUE PREGNANCY Jaukala originally comes from Shreekot, a village that was outside of our project area in Mugu at that time. The young woman had come to the small district capital of Gamghadi a few months earlier to find work. Since her husband is blind and rarely has a job, she earns a living. Despite the progressive pregnancy, she worked day in and day out in the market and carried heavy loads from morning to evening. She never had a medical check-up,...

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Proximity creates security – our baby massage courses

The Baby massage Many positive properties are attributed to it: In the cool season it should warm, the blood circulation is stimulated, the muscle formation is also promoted. At the same time, it helps build closeness and strengthens the connection between mother and child. Many mothers observe that the babies sleep better afterwards. The mothers of Nepal use mustard oil from their own production for the baby massage. Proven against diseases such as arthritis or fungal infections, it stimulates blood circulation and moisturizes the skin. Mustard cultivation is widespread in the Mugu Mountains...

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So that you get bigger and stronger – our nutritional advice

Balanced nutrition for babies and toddlers is important to us. Due to poverty and hard physical labor, many mothers do not have enough breast milk for their babies. They then resort to rice or wheat and use water to make a gruel out of it. That quickly leads to a consequential one Malnutrition. With our Nutritional advice We educate the mothers and show them the values of the local grains and legumes. We explain to them what the little body needs in order to grow up healthy. It is possible to have a nutritious one Baby food Made from cheap local ingredients from the mountain region –...

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Family planning is not magic

Our midwives ask women about contraception. The reactions are almost always the same: at first the women cannot believe that it is up to them whether they want to get pregnant or not. Most women in the rural poor are illiterate and lack access to modern media. They are unfamiliar with contraceptives. Together with the midwives, our health assistant conducts cross-gender awareness-raising campaigns on contraception in the villages. In order for something to really change, the men must also be reached. At the same time, the population is informed about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV and...

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Why a birth house in the mountains is vital

From Wolfgang Langenkamp, who donated the Jima birth house in Mugu and who made the adventurous and arduous journey to Mugu himself twice, at the start of construction and for the inauguration. Why I am donating this birthplace I In 2011 I met the aid organization Back to Life, which has been active in Mugu since 2009, and was immediately interested in their projects in Nepal. The description of the living situation of the 55,000 inhabitants in the Mugu region shook me deeply. At that time, Mugu had no road network, i.e. no access to the outside world, and the high mountain villages could...

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Saving lives – twice as much!

Nirmala, our midwife in the house where Gamtha was born, speaks urgently to the mother-to-be. “Sharmila, you are too weak for this exhausting twin birth. The babies are not lying well, there could be complications. It will be safer for you and also for the babies if you have yourself taken to the hospital in Gamgadhi. Get on your way immediately! “ It’s March 7th and Sharmila, her husband Ram, and a small group of neighbors are leaving. The way to the small regional capital is long and arduous. Therefore, several men go with you in case Sharmila has to be carried. The only hospital...

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6x TWINS

Twin births are always special. For the midwives, this means providing close-knit antenatal care in order to recognize any complications early enough and to support the women through a safe birth. It came as a shock to 35-year-old Dudsila when the midwife at our birth center in Seri informed her that she was expecting twins. “I panicked! I have already had 5 children in the cowshed. I couldn’t imagine how I would survive a twin birth. But the midwives gave me the best possible support – from the regular check-up appointments to the birth, I was safe and secure. I am infinitely grateful...

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The 1000th Back to Life baby is here!

Born on the Nepalese Mother’s Day 2020 in our birthplace Nakharji. From our teammate. A VERY SPECIAL BIRTH | The entire Back to Life team is particularly happy about this birth, and not just because of the round number. The happy mother Samrita Rokaya is one of our 26 midwives in Mugu! She has been stationed in the Jiuka Birthplace for a year. But since she comes from Nakharji herself, she gave birth to a son in the birth house under the care of her colleagues. It is their second child, their little daughter is already 20 months old. FOR WOMEN | Samrita comes from a middle class family...

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In conversation with midwife Janaki Karki

1. Can you tell us about the current situation in Gamgadhi? How are people reacting to the pandemic? | The people of Gamgadhi are very concerned. The local government has put in place a curfew to protect society. People’s freedom of movement between the villages is severely restricted and most of the residents stay at home. The markets only open at certain times to offer the most important groceries for sale. Social distancing, hand washing and other hygiene measures are strictly followed. People use masks when they are outside. 2. What fears do you have about the pandemic? | The awareness...

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With persistence to success

The difficult procurement of protective clothing for our 26 midwives in Mugu When the corona infections increased in Nepal and the lockdown was repeatedly extended, it was immediately clear to the Back to Life team that we had to react and bring more supplies to the mountains. Sufficient protective clothing for the 13 Mugu’s birth houses was at the top of the list and a true odyssey began. WHERE TO TAKE IT FROM AND HOW TO TRANSPORT? | Protective suits, gloves, masks, shoe covers, disinfectants – when 15 corona infections were confirmed in Nepalgunj on May 3, we were alarmed, because...

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Last minute rescue

With the last of her strength, 18-year-old Sandhya Nepali reached our birthplace in Loharbada in Mugu. The 7th month pregnant woman suffered from profuse bleeding. Our midwives immediately recognized the gravity of the situation. They decided that Sandhya had to be taken to hospital immediately because the life of the mother and child was in acute danger. Every minute was important, we couldn’t lose any time. In December there are only a few and irregular flights to and from Mugu, as there are no flights in unfavorable weather conditions or snowfall. Nevertheless, our on-site team managed...

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Help for those who don’t get help

Our health camp for 1200 people in Khatyad It only takes seconds and the weather changes. Thick fog blocks any view of the landing strip at Kolti in Mugu. Again and again the pilot aborts the landing and flies over the area again. It’s dangerous, he has to catch the right moment within a few moments, otherwise a catastrophe threatens. Too often these little fan guns have crashed. Only the 8th attempt succeeds. Not far from the runway, our Back to Life team sits together with the doctors from our health camp, which has just ended. Everyone looks at the scenario in silence, nobody wants...

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Month after month – becoming a woman shouldn’t be torture

With the taboo subject of menstruation, we are addressing girls directly in schools. We found out that they don’t know anything about their period. Our midwives and health assistants explain to the girls that it is a completely normal biological process and discuss shame, superstition, silence, myths and stigma together. During these conversations one can clearly see the “burden of guilt” that falls from her shoulders. Some girls do not even want to believe that all women in the world, regardless of religion or origin, whether rich or poor, even those in the big mega-cities are affected...

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From woman to woman: our midwives help directly

Behind these figures there is a lot of help: 15 birth centres, 47 employees, 30 of them midwives, 15 assistants and 2 health officers. All of these women are from Mugu and they are all there for women, children and families in Mugu. Because they run the birthing centers, hold workshops on health care and hygiene, look after pregnant women, giving birth, newborns and women in difficult situations together with their families. Here we let them have their own say. N irmala is our chief midwife and is stationed in the Gamtha birth center MIDWIFE AND ASSISTANCE IN MANY SITUATIONS OF LIFE | “It...

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