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We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the GreaterGood community. This baby boy was safely delivered into the arms of his mother, Hlaing Oo, with the support and care of the Mae Tao Clinic staff.
Hlaing Oo is a 24 year old mother to 3 children under the age of 4. She moved to Bangkok from Myanmar 10 years ago for better work and ears $15 per day. She noticed she was pregnant when her stomach was getting bigger. At that time she went to a hospital in Bangkok, where they confirmed she was indeed 6 months pregnant. At first she was not sure whether to be happy about her pregnancy, as she did not plan on having more children. Yet at the same time, she did not have knowledge about contraceptive methods. Her healthy baby boy was delivered just a few days ago without complications and weighed 6 lbs 6 ounces. She plans to leave her son with her sister after a few months and return to Bangkok to continue working in order to send monthly support to her family.
You can help. Along the Thai/Burmese border, infant mortality rates are 5 times higher and maternal mortality rates are 24 times higher than the rest of Thailand. Stories like Hlaing Oo's are all too common. Save a mother and child by donating today—right now, thanks to a generous matching gift, you can ensure a safe birth for mother and child for just $43.
2018 Monthly Newborn Feature
September - Ma Htoo
Ma Htoo is a 31-year old mother of a newborn baby. She had an amazingly fast labor and delivered her baby girl within 3 hours of labor. During and after the delivery, there was no complication and the baby was healthy; the birthweight was 3.2 kg (7.05 lbs) and she will soon be vaccinated and provided with birth records.Ma Htoo has 5 children including the newborn: the eldest is 5 years old. Which means she has 5 children 5 and under, all of whom were born at MTC. In her village, there is no clinic and the 90 â 100 households are made up of migrant workers. Most villagers know about Mae Tao Clinic and get treatment when they have health issues.
August - Kyaw Eh Paw
Kyaw Eh Paw has 4 siblings. His parents are from Karen state, Burma and currently live in Mae Ku, in Thailand. They moved to Thailand in search of work 5 years ago. Around 50 - 60 households lived in the village they are originally from. There are no clinics in the village they came from so villagers mainly rely on traditional medicine. Mu Eh Lar delivered her 3 other children at home with a traditional birth attendant. This time her husband encouraged her to come to Mae Tao Clinic. After two days of contractions Mu Eh Lar delivered her baby boy with the support of the MTC staff. She was extremely grateful for the clinic because after receiving immunizations her son became feverish. He was admitted to the Reproductive Health Inpatient Department (RHIPD) for the monitoring for a week and she was able to stay with him for free at the clinic until the fever subsided.
Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to serve the flood of displaced Burmese people surging across the border into Thailand, has served tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in the border region of Mae Sot, Thailand. In November 2007, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy named Dr. Cynthia Maung as the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
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