35-year-old Maria has been a patient in a diabetes program for over two years now, and recently found out that she was pregnant. Since she is diabetic, blood sugar control as well as regular appointments with an obstetrician in a hospital are incredibly important to prevent life-threatening complications. She is now about 23 weeks pregnant, entering into the most risky period of her pregnancy.
Maria lives with her spouse, her son, and her mother-in-law in a small adobe house with a tin roof. She is from a rural village in the mountains of Guatemala. This means that she lives far away from a hospital, and speaks little Spanish, the only language spoken in hospitals. She weaves traditional Maya blouses. She also raises rabbits and chickens to be able to buy food when her husband is without work. Her husband works as a day laborer, making little money each day there is work. This means that the costs of transport to the hospital, medications, and labs are far out of reach for their family.
$281 will provide transport for Maria from her house to the hospital, translation and advocacy services for her while she’s in the hospital, and the labs and medications she needs to prevent life-threatening complications for her and her baby. A medical team will work with her to make a birth plan so her and her family will feel comfortable going to the hospital to give birth, allowing her to receive life-saving care.
Maria says, “I am happy with my family and my new pregnancy. I will do my part so that everything turns out well.”