Training frontline workers on COVID

We have been getting requests for COVID -19 Training for frontline workers nearly everyday. That is not surprising.

Pregnant women in urban slum and rural communities are facing unexpected hardship because of COVID -19. The antenatal support provided through Government of India's Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram programme in Andhra Pradesh has come to a standstill as Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) have had to be closed because of the COVID - 19 related lockdown.

The closure has not only meant that services such as routine checkups, educational sessions, peer support and distribution of food has been affected. It has also compounded pregnancy related anxiety. In such circumstances, front line community health workers, that is, ASHA and AWC workers who are from the communities too feel helpless and despondent that they are not able to do more.

Most of these frontline champions have been reassigned to COVID related general awareness raising duties. However, there remains a huge gap in knowledge and information in relation to pregnancy at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We keep getting requests from our frontline colleagues for information and training on pregnancy and COVID - 19. In response, we have developed a one hour training session curriculum which helps community health workers answer questions and give advice on antenatal issues in relation to COVID. The training will equip them to reach out and advice and support pregnant women with wellness and allay anxiety.

To know more about the training curriculum you can view the deck here.

Maternal health in India

Maternal health in India

Maternity is joy. However, pregnancy comes with risks. Physical, mental and emotional issues in addition to weak health systems can take a toll on expectant mothers. The journey of pregnancy until childbirth is beset with barriers that women face. Maternal health in India may have improved in the last two decades, but there is a long way to go. Studies show that 74% of mothers have experienced pregnancy specific anxiety (British Medical Journal) and 25% of pregnant women suffer from prenatal depression, mostly between 18-32 weeks of pregnancy (The Lancet). Women can be unaware of what to expect, and usually are not told about danger signs to look out for or precautions to take.

A woman's health and wellbeing affects her unborn baby too. In fact, most of the issues that newborns are affected by can be prevented by adopting often simple measures during pregnancy. By raising awareness and supporting women to take measures for their health and wellbeing  during pregnancy, neonatal morbidity and mortality can be reduced.

Our pregnancy health and wellbeing guide aims to address and support women on wellbeing issues during pregnancy.

maternal health in India

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on women's health and wellbeing during pregnancy. Read more here.

Your pregnancy companion

Kushal

Your pregnancy companion

We believe that every woman deserves to have and make choices. No matter what her social or educational status.

Our community and digital based services are holistic and supports women with emotional and psychological wellbeing during pregnancy.

our mission to provide pregnancy wellbeing services

Our mission

We support women so that they can experience a sense of agency, joy and wellness during their pregnancy ...
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We currently operate in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal in India.

Our project sites

We currently operate in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal in India ...
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Pregnancy week by week guidance and support interventions.

What we do

Our week by week guidance holistically supports women with emotional and psychological wellbeing during pregnancy and addresses issues of maternal ...
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Maternal health risks India.

Maternal health in India

Maternity is joy. However, pregnancy can come with risks ...
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our pregnancy wellbeing services address covid-19

Our COVID – 19 response

Our sessions integrate COVID-19 awareness with pregnancy wellness ...
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About us and team members

Meet the team

We have a multidisciplinary team. Read more ...
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Meet Aparna's husband. Aparna is 8 months pregnant. Aparna and her husband attended our COVID and pregnancy awareness session at a local hospital in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. In India, where a very gendered society prevails male engagement in maternal health is lacking.

Visit our pregnancy health and wellbeing guide for information and tips on how to stay well.

Coronavirus: pregnant women urged to take extra caution by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

A comprehensive, well researched and objective article in The Hindu today outlines the advice given by ICMR to pregnant women.

The main points are –

Emerging evidence suggests that transmission of the novel coronavirus from mother to baby can take place antenataly or intrapartum. There is no evidence as yet of breast milk carrying the virus.

Pregnant women with heart disease are at greater risk of COVID-19 related complications.

Mental health issues in relation to the coronavirus is a concern. Increased anxiety and depression has been reported. Also, the incidence of domestic violence has risen.

For more information on our work in relation to COVID – 19 and pregnancy, please click here.

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