Prenatal Nutrition Project
Nicaragua has pressing pre- and postnatal health needs. Nicaragua has a high maternal mortality rate, with a recent average of more than 100 deaths per year. Maternal health related issues were the number one case of admission to hospitals in 2007. Additionally, prenatal mortality was the 7th leading cause of death in Nicaragua.
Grupo de Bienestar Materno Infantil, Clínica Verde’s Prenatal Nutrition Pilot Project, was launched in 2015 to address these needs at a community level. Using interactive lessons to deliver a 10-week socio-behavioral change curriculum, we teach pregnant mothers about the stages of fetal development, ways to care for their child in the womb, and nutrition during the antenatal and postnatal periods and during the first five years of their children’s lives, while providing support and space to build a community of new mothers who support each other. All mothers enrolled in the program and their babies are followed after conception with regular check-ups and training provided both in-community and at Clínica Verde. In 2016, Clínica Verde will run four cycles of our Prenatal Nutrition Group.
As a result of our program:
- 100% of mothers in the pilot practices exclusive breastfeeding post-delivery
- 90% of mothers were able to identify three fruits and three vegetables to improve nutrition
- 100% of mothers were able to identify signs of malnutrition and obesity
Through this program I learned how to take care of myself during pregnancy. I didn’t know how to take care of my body during the 9 months of pregnancy, how a baby grows from month to month, and the importance of caring for yourself during this time. This program helped me a lot because I learned how to eat well and feed my baby in a healthy way, and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. I also became part of a community of mothers who learned together.”
– Stefany Paola Hurtado, 16