This is Mamta. I met her family on a trip to India seven years ago. Mamta lives in a small village in Northern India and is eight months pregnant with twins. Knowing twins often come early, she is expecting them any day now!
But for Mamta and other women from poor families in India, childbirth can quickly turn into tragedy. Three weeks ago Mamta's sister Samta was due to give birth to a healthy baby girl after four years of trying for a child. Samta and her husband knew better than to go to their rural, government hospital where the conditions are unsanitary and women frequently lose their babies because of the poor quality of care. But money was tight and so they went to a small, private clinic which was cheaper than their first choice hospital. On the day of Samta's delivery family and friends waited anxiously to hear how mother and baby were doing. But the news was devastating. Samta was in critical condition after a botched delivery and the baby girl was dead. Although perfectly healthy at birth, the little girl had been killed by an untrained assistant who was performing the C-section while following the instructions of an elderly doctor who could no longer see properly. Our hearts are broken for Samta who is still in recovery, and Mamta has grieved deeply for her sister's loss.
Mamta knows that without help, she cannot afford good quality care for her own delivery, and is facing a hospital bill for twice the amount because she is expecting twins.
Please help to avoid another tragedy by helping to raise enough money to enable Mamta to get proper medical care at a reputable hospital where she can deliver her twins safely.
(Please see the "updates" tab above for more information on when and how the money will be spent and updates on Mamta)