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WBFA Mamacare360 Program Enables Successful Delivery of Triplets for Mother in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Since its inception, Wellbeing Foundation Africa has duly followed the world's trend on maternal and newborn deaths, working in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda to reduce maternal mortality by 2030.

Through our Mamacare360 program, in communities and health facilities in Nigeria, we have invested resources that positively influence safe childbirth process and inadvertently block all vulnerabilities to dangers.

The WBFA Mamacare360 midwives are always on the frontline to provide mothers with essential health education and support, including advice on proper nutrition, exercise, and self-care during pregnancy and we have had countless success stories to back up this narrative. Our most exciting success story is that of Mrs. Ebunoluwa Akintola, our Mamacare360 mother who gave birth to triplets on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Mrs. Ebunoluwa Akintola, was a regular attendee of the WBFA Mamacare360 antenatal classes at General Hospital Ilorin, facilitated by Midwife Seleem, successfully delivered a set of triplets; two boys and a girl at 34 weeks and two days’ gestation and were monitored and cared for at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UITH.

Our digital midwife engaged the Mrs. Akintola one-on-one session to induct her in our WBFA/Medela Cares Lactation program, which is developed for mothers of newborns in the NICU. This is to improve the health and survival of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by increasing the dose of own mother's milk via optimal lactation care for the mother and breastfeeding transition techniques.

Mr. and Mrs. Akintola also received baby gift items, monetary donations, and a Medela Cares manual breast pump from the Kwara State Team on behalf of Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, founder and president, and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Team. The donation was made in the presence of the matron, senior hospital management representative, nurses, and the WBFA staff at the NICU. The management representative expressed gratitude to Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, founder and president of the WBFA, and the entire WBFA team for bringing smiles and joy to the Akintolas.

Mrs. Ebunoluwa Akintola and her triplets has since returned home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and are doing well. Our Kwara team led by the state team lead Mr. Kehinde Akinsola team paid a visit to the mother and the triplets at their residence in Kwara state. Mrs. Akintola was overjoyed to see us, and we also got to meet her mother, who was taking care of the triplets.

As part of our Mamacare360 postnatal class routine, our midwife (Midwife Olarewaju) taught Mrs. Akintola about cord care and encouraged grandma to avoid utilizing unconventional methods when caring for the triplets.

Mrs. Akintola was also encouraged to breastfeed the triplet exclusively, and we were happy to find that she had begun to express breastmilk effectively using the Medela Cares manual breast pump donated to her by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

Midwife Olarenwaju also conducted a general examination on the triplet's mother to ensure that she was in good health.

This moment was one of the proudest moments for the WBFA. In comparison to the global number of women and newborns who died during childbirth, WBFA is still committed to improving the childbirth process for women and newborns. It also demonstrates the impact that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Mamacare360 classes can have on mothers by encouraging them to feel empowered and prepared for delivery and care of their newborn, breastfeeding and lactation.

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