“I felt empowered and confident to make
decisions about my sexual reproductive health.”
Maria explained, "The Village Health Workers selected from within our religious sect came to our community and shared with us the benefits of early antenatal bookings and facility deliveries, specifically on safe delivery and childcare."
“Hearing the message from one of our own, I felt empowered and confident to make decisions about my sexual reproductive health.”
She visited her local clinic for antenatal care for the first time and received counselling. With the presence of qualified and experienced birth attendants and health workers, safe deliveries are now possible.
Maria is among more than 7,000 pregnant women reached with the VHW’s education activities in Mashonaland Central last year.
“When I was nearing my expected delivery date, my husband took me to the main town, together with my youngest children, to stay with his sister close to the hospital,” says Maria
“He was also worried considering my previous birth experience. He kept praying for me and the baby.”
“I became motivated after my first delivery experience at the health facility and made regular visits, to ensure that all my children get other services such as vaccinations, which my other children did not get before.”