"You want to wash his hair softly," the nurse said softly. "His head is still sensitive."
I watched as the nurse carefully dipped the top of my newborn nephew's head under the sink in the hospital area. Wide-eyed, my sister watched anxiously as the back of his head ran down , slowly washing away the soap.
He was so delicate and new, and the nurse took extra care to make sure he was clean and nice, just like his mom would ensure after he was taken by her home.
I'm sure the nurse had shown countless mothers how to wash their newborn babies... regardless of the mother's social standing, wealth, or how many children she already had. Each baby needs a healthy start.
That is where his care begins water.
But mothers across the planet do not have access to clean water to take care of their babies. So, when their child is first born, their only choice is to wipe him off using water.
According to one organization, "one in five newborn deaths in the developing world is due to a lack of safe water, sanitation, and clean hands."
Hated that the maternity clinic did not have access to clean water. She understood -- without the correct supplies -- the mothers would not have the ability to keep their children alive, although she tried to show her patients how to care for their babies.
"I've served in this medical center for five years, but our primary challenge is water," Lydia explained.
But all the pregnancy clinic had access to was water full of bacteria.
And most of the time, that water contained something, mercury and new mothers in first-world nations are instructed to avoid. Not to mention that had to heal and regain their strength while using and drinking water that is contaminated, also. Reminds me of a time we served at the food and care coalition and how they stressed the importance of clean water and well prepared food.
So they could treat their patients, Sarah and the rest of the staff prayed for clean water, and their prayers were answered!
Generous donors and a company that offers home security systems provided a well so the practice and the community could access water. Unfortunately, since this was the water nearby, it was always crowded, and the clinic's staff had to stand in long lines to get water to their patients.
The staff started praying. Sure enough another was provided outside the clinic. The girls in Sarah's village have access to plenty of clean water while in the clinic in addition to if they return home.
This is important while the mother is breastfeeding, because the demand for water continues. She can not produce enough milk to feed her child if there is a mother dehydrated. This may lead to a child being malnourished.
Thank you!" Sarah said.
You can provide the lifesaving gift of water for one person for a whole year by donating. You can help a new mother help a dad have adequate water to care for his crops and feed his family, help a kid fighting with life-threatening waterborne diseases, or give her infant a chance.