I am a mother and an advocate for Maternal, Newborn and Children Health.
My fascination for Maternal, Newborn and Children Health began when I lost my first baby to placenta abruption- a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure. It was on June 14, 2013, just 2 weeks after the government of Kenya initiated a policy of free maternity services in all public facilities. It started with contractions which the doctor termed as ‘normal’ and culminated into bleeding. Within few hours, I had lost my baby and to save my dear life, I urgently needed an emergency surgery and blood transfusion.
All in all, God blessed my husband and I with a strong, healthy and loveable son called Jabali on 18th May 2015 at 6.55am!!! Simply put, Jabali is my piece of heaven.
Through this blog, I will empower you my reader with stories and information related to maternal, newborn and children health so that you and I can together, can take a lead role in improving maternal and children health because many of Kenya’s pressing development challenges, including poverty, are linked to maternal health.
Currently, I am a Radio Producer at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), a state-owned media station with countrywide coverage that broadcasts in English, Swahili and most local languages in Kenya.
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Call me Lourdes but you will massage my heart when you call me Mama Jabali (ah! ah! ah!)