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She longs to wrap her first-born in swaddling clothes

Nolari Naomi longs for nothing more than to have her own child, but so far she’s suffered seven late miscarriages; so much heartache for a 24-year-old to cope with.

A young Kenyan woman sits in a dark room

A medical condition makes pregnancy dangerous for Nolari and her babies, as her body can’t support a baby to full term.

With no access to the treatment that could help her, the kind of treatment we in the UK would take for granted, she began to despair of ever having a child.

  • I was very depressed and was thinking I would never be a mother,’ she said, quiet and tearful.

No family support

The tragedy for Nolari is that on top of the sadness of her miscarriages, her family think she is cursed.

In Maasai tradition, you are not considered a real woman until you have given birth, and so she is under a lot of pressure from her husband and her community to have a baby.

A light starts to shine through

Our partner, Trans Mara Rural Development Program (TRDP), has equipped a local clinic in Nolari's village that she can walk to from her home so she’ll be able to see a nurse easily.

Thanks to the work of our partner, Nolari has learned that she suffers from a condition called 'cervical insufficiency' and is now receiving medical help including contraception, which allows her body the vital rest and recuperation it needs between pregnancies.

In addition, her community are being educated on the nature of her condition to reduce the stigma she suffers.

Hopefully, with better healthcare and the support of those close to her, Nolari will give birth safely in the future. 

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