Souk says that before ChildFund’s project, there was also no family planning; many mothers had multiple pregnancies within a short period of time. “It was unhealthy for mothers.”
In the ChildFund’s training sessions for volunteers, Souk learnt about maternal and child health and is now helping mothers develop safer and healthy practices. Souk says she sees positive changes in families within six months of working with them.
“I provide advice to mothers on how to take care of new infants, including how to breastfeed, and I take measurements of their child’s height and weight,” she says. “We ensure that pregnant mothers receive prenatal checks at least four times before birth. The women’s families also provide support by helping out with housework to reduce pregnant women’s heavy workloads so they have time to relax, as well as helping provide them with nutritious foods to keep them healthy.”
Becoming a volunteer has been rewarding and has taught her a lot, says Souk. “Before the project came to our village, I did not know everything about properly caring for infants. I used to practise old, traditional ways.”