My name is Ruth. I am 19 years old and my father has three wives. My mother has seven children. I didn’t go to school.

My father chose a man to marry me. I was married at 18 years and soon became pregnant. My family was happy and okay with this.

At 31 weeks of pregnancy, I started having contractions. I was in labour pain for two days. My husband decided to take me to the village dispensary. It was not able to help me so it referred me to Kivulini Maternity Centre.

At Kivulini Maternity Centre I met good people who are very helpful. They enabled me to deliver my baby girl who was very small and early at only 31 weeks. She weighed 1.64kg. With the help and support my baby girl survived.

When I go back home I will share this story so the people who are very poor know this is a safe place for them to come to deliver. Thank you so much and may God bless you.

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