Protecting a mother’s life with an IUD in Kasongo
Abiliki is a 40-year old, Muslim woman who lives in Mulangabala village in Kasongo health zone, a remote area of eastern DRC. Abiliki was 13 when she had her first child. Today, she has six children, two of whom are twins, ranging from 3 years to 20 years of age. Abiliki was sick during every pregnancy and had hard and painful deliveries. During her 4th pregnancy with twins, she hemorrhaged before delivery and nearly died. After delivering the babies with great difficulty, she spoke to her husband about using contraception to prevent another pregnancy. She had learned about family planning through an education event organized by the women’s social solidarity group in her community. Her husband was particularly receptive to the use of contraception because they did not have enough money for their children’s education. So, Abiliki visited the health center and came home with a supply of oral contraceptives. Unfortunately, she found it difficult to remember to take them every day and to refill them every three months. Consequently, 3 years later, she became pregnant with her 6th child. After nearly dying during delivery, she returned to the health center for a more effective contraceptive method. After learning the pros and cons of each method, she and her husband chose the IUD as the best method for preventing future pregnancies. To this day, they are happy with their choice.
Written by Elizabeth Noznesky, Sr. Program Officer of SRMH team.