My name is Seitat Sarika. I live near the Entasoopia Health Centre in Magadi District, south- western Kenya.

My daughter, Nodam, came to stay with me a month ago because she was pregnant with twins, and wanted to be near the health centre when her time came. At 9pm on April 27, just as Nodam was about to cook the evening meal, she felt a very sharp pain. And then she began to bleed heavily. I have never seen anything like that.

I am a traditional birth attendant, so I have helped a lot of women to have babies. But AMREF has taught me the importance of referring women to the health centre so they can be attended by skilled workers. I immediately sent for a vehicle to take my daughter there. The young boys that I sent found that one vehicle had broken down, so they went looking for another. I called my neighbour to see if he could help. He is a strong man. He tried to carry my daughter in his shuka (a traditional shawl) but she was too heavy. Soon his shuka was soaked in blood. Then my daughter collapsed. At 10pm, one hour after the pain started, she died. I was shocked and distressed. It all happened too fast. The babies died too.

Now I have been left with Nodam’s two other children to look after. Nodam had done everything right. She had attended ante-natal clinic regularly, and she moved here so that she could give birth at the health centre. If it had been a normal birth, she would not have died. But there was a complication, and we were not able to get her to the health centre on time."

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