This week I would like to share with you another success story for our Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) ward at Kivunge.
We were notified one Friday morning that a set of ‘watoto watatu’ (triplets!) had been born overnight. They all weighed just 1.4 to 1.5kg (less than 3 and half pounds!) but were otherwise doing well. Therefore they were admitted to the KMC ward for skin-to-skin (to keep them warm), regular feeding and close observation.
The mother did not have quite enough breast milk to feed three hungry babies, so we were able to supplement with infant formula which we are lucky to have in stock thanks to our donors. Over the first two weeks all three babies lost some weight, but with close observation and support from HIPZ doctors and local staff they eventually began to grow and were all feeding well. Two of them attained the target discharge weight of 1.75kg quite quickly, but their little sister took a bit longer!
After five and a half weeks in the KMC ward we were able to discharge them home and they will return regularly to the paediatric clinic for follow up monitoring. The mother has also promised to visit the ward when she comes to clinic to help motivate and support the current mothers and babies. We look forward to seeing them in clinic soon!