The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.
But ensuring a safe delivery is not only a question about seeking care; it is also a question of delivering the right quality of care. All over sub-Saharan Africa, health workers with low levels of education are often appointed alone to health posts in hard-to-reach areas. The consequences for the women giving birth and for their newborns are often fatal.
My son comfort-nursed for hours at a time in the early days and then reverted to nursing through the night, much more frequently than every two hours, in the later months. But through the almost year-and-a-half adventure, I started to notice there were six types of reactions to a mother breastfeeding her child.