A Place to Stay Saves a Life: Dina’s Story
Dina, a pregnant mother of five, had never given birth in a health facility. She lives deep in Peru’s Amazon jungle, and all of her children were delivered at home—including one she delivered all by herself! Dina discovered INMED’s new maternity waiting home, or casa de espera, after hearing about it through a community outreach and education campaign. Thirty-five weeks into her most recent pregnancy, she visited the casa for her first prenatal care appointment, and agreed to return shortly before her due date.
When her due date arrived, Dina’s labor began without incident. But after many hours with little progress, her contractions stopped and the baby became distressed. The nurse-midwife rushed Dina to the nearby hospital, where she underwent an emergency Cesarean delivery. Had Dina chosen to deliver at home, she or her baby could have suffered from severe or even fatal complications being so far away from any hospital.
The next day, Dina developed an abdominal infection that led to a fever with unbearable pain, which the people at the casa were able to successfully cure.
After two days, she and her infant daughter were discharged from the hospital. Instead of going directly home, they returned to the casa with Dina’s husband to recover. The next day, Dina developed an abdominal infection that led to a fever with unbearable pain, which the staff at the casa were able to successfully cure. If she had returned to her remote home directly after leaving the hospital, she could have spent endless, painful hours traveling to reach the health post as her infection set in. In addition, Dina’s illness might have prohibited her from traveling altogether.
With INMED’s help, Dina was able to avoid a devastating tragedy. Her success story is just one example of what the casa’s invaluable medical care can do for those in need.