| Apr 24, 2015
Workers at a Liberian medical center this month reacted joyously to the arrival of a "delivery bed," used to keep pregnant women comfortably positioned during exams and births.
A delivery bed arrives to a medical center in Liberia. Workers at the center respond to the delivery happily.
Before the bed arrived, pregnant women had to lie on the ground, which is an extremely dangerous way to give birth. An officer in charge of the medical center expressed how scary it was to deliver babies on a hard, dirty floor. "It may cause the child to die, or the mother may become cripple after the delivery," said Amos D., the officer in charge. "I thank God (to) all those who give their money to buy this delivery bed."
Thanks to your generous donations, mothers in Liberia are safer during child birth, and their children have a better chance of being born healthy. The bed is much more than simply a small gesture in the rural town of Dagaweah, in Bomi County -- which was, until recently, among the worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. It is hugely appreciated. Imagine the difference between giving birth on a the ground, and giving birth on an adjustable bed. It can be the difference between life and death.
Before the delivery bed arrived, Amos D. said women simply lay flat on the ground, sometimes placing a thin blanket under their backs.
"This is difficult for me," he said. "The women lay down on their back on the floor because we don't have a suitable bed here."
As he spoke, he treated a woman who herself was lying on the stark floor.
Amos D. checks the blood pressure of a pregnant woman at a medical center in Liberia.
"You see this lady brought her own (blanket)," he said. "This is what you see on the ground so. I tell you, this is not safe for the woman and the baby during the time of delivery."
He'll never have to treat a woman lying on the ground again. Your life-changing gift matters greatly to the pregnant women, their babies and the health workers of Liberia.
Medical workers in Liberia excitedly open a box containing a delivery bed.