OFF THE BEATEN PATH
By mid-morning the smothering heat had settled in for the day. A young mother gently brushed away tiny beads of sweat that dotted her baby’s head. She sat so still, as not to wake her son who had fallen asleep in her lap. He stirred, and she tenderly moved his arm just a little so he’d be more comfortable.
Some babies slept soundly, and others cried and fussed. A few mothers stood, swaying back and forth with babies in their arms, trying to console and comfort.
The village women had gathered for their monthly mother-to-mother meeting sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Women who lack easy access to obstetric care learn about the best food for newborns and how to keep themselves healthy during their pregnancy. These groups are just one way our maternal and child health programs are improving the lives of women, babies, and children across the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar.