Mother’s Joy


"Thanks to World Vision and our local health extension worker, my dream of having a live child has come true,” says Alemitu Mathewos, 25.

Where Alemitu lives in Ethiopia, about 90 percent of women used to deliver their babies at home with the help of unskilled birth attendants. Many experienced severe bleeding, uterine prolapse, stillbirth, fistula, and anemia.

After three stillbirths, Alemitu gave birth to her son Tesakalign. His name means “I am successful.”

"He made me forget my grief. When he grows up, I will tell him my story of pregnancy and convince him to be a medical doctor to help those that may suffer from birth like I used to," she says.

In Alemitu’s community, World Vision and the local government are working together to see that all mothers and children are just as successful as these two.

Genesis 35:17 “…she was having great difficulty in childbirth…”

Ask for God’s compassion on women in poor countries bearing children.


Photo © 2014 Aklilu Kassaye / World Vision

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