Coming Into the World with All Rights

Marsolyaire arrived at the emergency room, she had 39 weeks of pregnancy, his baby was endangered, and she had to be admitted to the operating room. That day, suddenly, Moises decided to come into the world.

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Por 48 horas Moisés y su mamá estarán en observación en el hospital. Cuando les den de alta, él contará con su acta de nacimiento. “Es importante que ellos salgan con su registro de nacimiento”, reafirma su mamá.
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08 March 2021
Marsolyaire da lactancia materna a su hijo, Moisés
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Marsolyaire breastfeeds her new-born, Moises.

Marsolyaire lives in the west of Caracas. She is 30 and Moises is her third child. “I have three children. Kleidermer is 13, Clariber, 10. Moises is my God’s gift”.

 

I met her during my visit to the maternity ward. There, she shares the experience of being a mom with other two mothers that just have given birth like her.

 

She feels sore due to the c-section wound is hurting. She is alone. Her family will come during the visiting hours. She must take care of herself and her child without support. Her other two children have could not meet Moises yet. She expects them to meet him that afternoon.

During her pregnancy, she attended her prenatal appointments in the hospital, which, fortunately, is located in the same neighborhood that she lives in. 

“I got my pregnancy check-up every month. In the hospital, they gave me the medicines that helped my baby to grow up. The doctor checked his development and assessed my blood pressure and my belly size”. 

During his first 24 hours of being born, Moises got his first vaccines. “Then, I will bring my baby to the well-child visit into this same health center”, said Marsolyaire, who is a nurse and works in a hospital located in the city center. 

Una enfermera conduce a Moisés y su mamá a la sala de vacunación del hospital. El recién nacido recibió la vacuna contra la tuberculosis y la hepatitis.
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A nurse wheeled Marsolyaire and Moises up toward the vaccines room. The new-born got his vaccines against tuberculosis and hepatitis.

She said that works in a health center made her really aware of not only the limitations but also gowning and urgent needs in the health sector, one of them is the challenges that pregnant women have to deal with to give birth in the economic crisis.

“I’m a nurse. I work in the surgical area. I know the critical situation in the hospitals. When I came to my consultations I saw how other mothers could not afford the blood tests or an adequality nourishment.

Fortunately, I could afford all my pregnancy care, also I could see how the parameters to avoid complication during my delivery were followed”. 

In the hospital where Moises was born, 10 births were attended daily approximately. Most pregnant women are young and go alone to the consultation. This health center does not escape from Venezuelan reality. There are few specialist doctors, most of them have migrated to get better conditions of life.

Por 48 horas Moisés y su mamá estarán en observación en el hospital. Cuando les den de alta, él contará con su acta de nacimiento. “Es importante que ellos salgan con su registro de nacimiento”, reafirma su mamá.
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For 48 hours Moisés and his mother will be under observation in the hospital. When they are discharged, he will have his birth certificate. "It is important that they come out with their birth registration," his mother reaffirms.

In the middle of the Venezuelan crisis and the immediate and growing needs, UNICEF has strengthened its work with a large spectrum of partners and stakeholders to provide vulnerable children and women affected by the economic crisis with support in health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and protection. 

In the hospital where Marsolyaire gave birth, UNICEF has provided midwifery kits, vaccines, micronutrients to women and children under five, and supported the birth registration service. 

In 2019, more than 35,000 pregnant women and their new-born babies receiving maternal and neonatal life-saving services in UNICEF-supported facilities. 

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Marsolyaire arrived at the emergency room in a hospital in western Caracas at 39 weeks of gestation, her baby was in danger and they had to undergo emergency surgery. Moses was born that day. UNICEF supports the access of pregnant women and children to integrated health, nutrition, and protection services.