Promesse, Democratic Republic of Congo

Promesse is from Kalonge in east DRC. She tells us about complications in childbirth.

"I have always had complications in childbirth and seem to lose a lot of blood. After my previous pregnancy, the doctor advised me not to conceive again as the risk was too high but unfortunately, I became pregnant again. The village midwife gave me traditional products to help me give birth. There were four of us who took these products during our pregnancies but instead of helping us, it seems that these products in fact added further complications to pregnancy and birth. Two out of the four of us who took these traditional products gave birth but sadly died of haemorrhage. So I got scared. I decided to come to give birth in a big hospital in the city.

I [travelled by] vehicle; on the trip, I told my story to a woman who was travelling with us. That woman told me there is a hospital called St Vincent that has a medicine they prescribe to women to avoid losing a lot of blood during childbirth. She gave me the address and I came.

I gave birth to a healthy baby however immediately after the birth, I started to lose a lot of blood. I was really afraid to leave my children without a mother. The doctors immediately came to assist and gave me three tablets to put under the tongue. The haemorrhage however continued. They did a lot of other interventions before prescribing me another 3 tablets. After 45 minutes, the haemorrhage finally stopped… I am very happy because I am now as healthy as my newborn baby. Thanks to all the caring people and donors who support our hospital, St Vincent.”

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