Institutional delivery becomes easier in Launiya
Sanichari gave birth to a healthy baby girl on June 8, 2021, in the newly established Launiya Birthing Center (LBC). The center was established with the support from Save the Children and its implementing partner Save the Saptari.
Launiya lies in ward no. 2 of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district where a Health Facility (HF) was established in the fiscal year 2051 BS. It is home to indigenous community people and the area is prone to flood each year, locking residents inside Launiya due to waterlogged roads. Institutional delivery during those situations was impossible before the establishment of Launiya Birthing Center and pregnant women were compelled to give birth at home with assistance from family members (mother-in-law), women from community who have been assisting delivery since a long time and sometimes, the Female Community Health Volunteers. But now, they can avail institutional birthing services whenever in need.
“Back when Launiya Health Facility did not have a birthing center, pregnant women had to travel at least an hour away for delivery in either Topa Public Health Center or Gajendra Narayan Hospital. Even that was impossible during rainy season due to submerged roads. Women were compelled to deliver at home even if they wanted institutional delivery”, according to Devendra Prasad – Public Health Inspector, Launiya Health Facility.
The inauguration of the birthing center was done on 23 April 2021. Launiya health facility has reformed the Health Facility Operation & Management Committee (HFOMC) based on the latest HFOMC guideline 2075 in close coordination with Save the Saptari. Based on the action plan developed by HFOMC, various support like renovation work and birthing center establishment has been provided to the health facility by Save the Children. The support included renovation of delivery room, waiting room, toilet, birthing equipment, baby warmer, beds, oxygen concentrator, and furniture. The ward office has also supported in placenta pit construction for the LBC. Various wall paintings were also done for raising awareness on institutional delivery. Disinfectants and protective materials were also supported to the LBC with the aim of continuing services even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Till now 17 successful institutional deliveries have been conducted in Launiya Birthing Center.
After the delivery, Sanichari also received cash incentive from Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality (RM) as a support to purchase nutritious food for the baby which also aimed at motivating other pregnant women towards institutional delivery in the area. Similarly, the ward chairperson of Tilathi Koiladi RM-2, Khagendra Mandal provided transportation cost as indicated by Nepal Government, along with "Nyano Jhola" for promotion of institutional delivery.
Chandrika, who recently had her second child in Launiya Birthing Center says, “My first child was born at home, and it was difficult because there were no skilled hands to take care of me during delivery. I did not even know about Antenatal Care and Post Natal Care. I delivered my second child in Launiya Birthing Centre, and it was easier and safer than before. I really liked the service provided from Launiya Birthing Center. The sisters (nurses) were very friendly and there was equipment to take care of me and the baby. I even got some money and Nyano Jhola as gift.”