Twins Delivered Safely Thanks to Early Identification

Twins Delivered Safely Thanks to Early Identification

Doreen Nalweyiso happily holding her twins. {Photo credit: T. Athura/MSH.}Photo credit: T. Athura/MSH.

In July 2011, Doreen Nalweyiso, a 27-year-old woman living in Mpigi Town Council, Uganda attended her second antenatal visit at Mpigi Health Centre IV. She was surprised to be examined with an ultrasound machine--and even more shocked to be told that she was expecting twins!

“I was thrilled when the nurse showed me images of twins through the ultrasound TV scan. I had never experienced it in my lifetime,” she explained.

This was her first pregnancy and there was no history of twins in her family. Because carrying multiple fetuses can cause complications for both the mother and babies, Doreen received support from the health center throughout her pregnancy.

Since she knew her delivery could be complicated, Doreen traveled to Mpigi health facility to deliver by caesarian section.

If she hadn’t known she was carrying twins, Doreen might not have known to seek out specialized medical care during labor and delivery.

Under a performance-based contract awarded by the Management Sciences for Health-led, USAID-funded STRIDES for Family Health project to Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI), seven health centers in Mpigi district have each received an ultrasound machine to help provide more comprehensive antenatal care. The portable ultrasound equipment helps health workers identify any problems that could be harmful to the mother or baby and allows medical staff to better focus their care. They also perform outreach missions in surrounding villages to reach women who can’t travel to the facilities for services.

Tadeo Atuhura is communications specialist for STRIDES for Family Health (STRIDES) in Uganda.