Let me share a few stories illustrating these woman's lives. Chepkorir labored at home for 48 hours, when her husband finally arranged transport for her to the hospital the baby had already died. Her husband, did not want to pay her bill because the baby had died, so she sat at the hospital for 1 month until finally she was released with her debt. Chepngetich came as a referral from another hospital where she had been for the past 3 days laboring, by the time she was sent it was too late for her baby. She said, "I go home empty handed, no child, and my husband who knows what will happen." Chebet's baby already had passed when she came to Tenwek after laboring days at home. The obstructed labor caused a fistula to develop, so that now she leaks urine continuously.
Currently, any woman who's pregnancy ends in stillbirth receive pastoral counseling. But each of these women also had different physical needs, some of which money could help. Money for incontinence pads and eventual surgery, for funerals for their children, for part of their hospital bill, for vitamins, and for transportation home. These gifts to grieving women tangibly express God's love for them.
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