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Simi’s Story

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Simi is from Plateau State in Nigeria. She is 28 years old. She married in 2014, and her first child, a girl, was born in April 2016.

I delivered my child at the primary health care centre. I made that decision because I was scared to deliver at home and I thought it would be safe in the hospital. My friends encouraged me to do it as well, because this was my first baby. Everything was well planned.

I organised the delivery together with my husband, and we chose the health centre because it is close to us. I went in a taxi. My labour took two days and was very painful. I had no appetite to eat.

Before I gave birth, the health centre nurses helped me: they gave me anti-malaria and tetanus drugs, and I had monthly check-ups. The quality of care has been good. They care about us very much. Anytime we go there, they take care of us.

They are renovating the health centre, so it needs some work, and maybe the bed was a little bit uncomfortable. But that didn’t affect the care they gave us, and it didn’t affect me.

I would recommend my friends to deliver in the same health centre. The care is good, it’s easy to access, and it’s affordable.

After the delivery, my daughter had jaundice, but the nurses told me what to do. Every morning, early in the morning, we come outside to stay under the sun for a while, and again in the evening. She’s better now.