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  1. Narayana Holla
  2. Service delivery
  3. Sunday, 09 October 2011

This is not a new thing. After delivery requesting for an early discharge is a common high risk practice. There is a rising awareness among the community, thanks to social mobilization by the ASHA and the Govt for introducing "ASHA" who accompanies the precious pregnant women who deliver the future citizens of this country. Parents from the lower socioeconomic group feel very very proud and honored if the service providers show a little additional interest and personal appreciation for availing the services at the facility. As usual the newborn has no name. Customarily baby of (S/O, D/O)..... will be written - most of the times. I just tried what I have been doing since 1978. I asked the name of the mother and the father, tried to jumble the spelling and suggested 'ANKUR '(taking the full advantage of my age) which the parents accepted as 'prasad' instantaneously/willingly and happily. My eyes were wet when I saw the grand mother who whispered the name and gently kissed the baby's hand. (I restrained from doing so for infection control being a field officer).

While recording the above observations I saw another person inquiring the ANM for bringing a newborn which was discharged in the night.
Though this is happening in many of the places I thought of sharing this as an acknowledgment to the service providers at grass root level and work place. I wish to share the photo of ANM and ASHA if permitted.

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