Ayesha is a baby girl who weighed only 1.1 kg (2.5 pounds) at birth. Her father and mother lost their first two babies due to lack of proper medical care. They saved every penny they had so that their third child could be born in a city hospital, a 4-hour walk from their village. Ayesha had a very low chance of survival and was kept in an incubator under observation for 10 days. However, as her parents’ savings ran out, it was not possible to extend her stay in the NICU. It was at that point that Ayesha was placed in the Embrace infant warmer for thermal support. After about a month, she gained sufficient weight and was able to go home with her parents.
Kavya Rajesh’s baby was 1.46 kg at the time of discharge. Father is a daily wage labor and couldn’t afford for longer stay in hospital. After spending 25 days in NICU, baby was kept under 10W bulb at home. Doctor prescribed Embrace Care warmer to this baby. Baby was in Embrace Care warmer for 51 days and achieved 2.5 kg.
Lakshamma, the young mother in this photograph, belongs to a tribe called Lambani. Her family’s weekly income is about Rs 200 ($4), when there is availability of manual labor jobs. Her village is situated in a remote area approximately 24 km (15 miles) away from the nearest healthcare facility. Lakshamma’s premature baby weighed 1.6 kg (3.5 pounds) and needed thermal support. She would have found it very difficult to pay the Rs 250 ($5) per day required to keep her baby in the NICU. Instead, the doctor placed her baby in the Embrace infant warmer, which costs patients Rs 75 ($1.5) per day, and helped save her life.
Manjula gave birth to an 880 g (1.9 lb) baby girl, but she doesn’t feel like a mother yet, having lost two babies in the last two years. Her husband says quietly, “My wife gave birth to our first baby at home with the help of village elders; the baby survived only for a couple of hours…we are not sure why it passed away. Our second baby died at birth in a hospital. Manjula’s story, tragically, sounds familiar to us. She is blamed for the loss of her first two babies, and is labelled “worthless” by the family. She is silent, almost embarrassed, as she looks at her little girl. Her baby was placed in an incubator first, then in the Embrace warmer for five days, and its weight increased to 1080 g (2.4 lb). We are thankful that Embrace Innovations was able to help her baby girl survive and, perhaps, set Manjula on the path to recover her self-confidence.
Nagamani and her husband are both day laborers. They have a 4 year old son, and Nagamani just gave birth to twins – a girl and a boy. The twins were born through a normal delivery, but were severely underweight, weighing 1.2 kg (2.65 pounds) each. Fortunately, the hospital had two Embrace warmers at hand and both babies could be cared for. They were placed in the Embrace infant warmer for six days, which helped them maintain their body temperature and gain weight. The Embrace device thus provided a way for these tiny babies to receive much-needed, affordable extended care in the hospital.
Neelama’s baby was discharged from the NICU, and prescribed an Embrace Care. Neelama said, “It feels safe to see my son kept in the Embrace Care. He sleeps so well in this, and we’re happy to see him grow.”
Sashikala’s baby boy was prematurely born, a week into 8 months of her pregnancy. He weighed just 1.2kg at birth, and was kept in the NICU for 40 days, and gained a few grams to be 1.6kg at the time of discharge. Soon after coming home, the baby stopped feeding, and would cry all the time. The parents took him back to the hospital, and found out he had lost 200 grams. The doctor prescribed the Embrace Care to help the baby gain weight. After using Care, the baby fed well, slept and began to gain weight. Sashikala said, “We hadn’t slept in weeks as the baby wasn’t doing too well. Now, he sleeps well in the warmer, wakes up when he is hungry and feeds well.”
This mother, Shabanam, had an extremely low birth weight baby, who was kept in the NICU for eleven days. It was then moved to the ‘step-down ward’ with the Embrace warmer, at 1 kg (2.2 pounds). Often such babies are sent home, even though they are still in severe need of thermal support, because their parents can no longer afford to keep them in the NICU. Fortunately, in this case, the Embrace warmer provided an affordable option to these parents.
This young mother, Shilpa, was rushed to the hospital for delivery while some members of the Embrace Innovations team were there to speak with the doctors. She gave birth to a little baby girl weighing about 2 kg (4.5 pounds). The nurses at this hospital always keep the Embrace warmer on stand by, for just such a situation. They bundled up the little girl in the device and handed her over to Shilpa. It is cases such as these that prompted Dr. Praveen to tell us how the Embrace warmer was helping them bring mothers closer to their babies.