Now, meet Emma (right). A trained Mother Buddy, Emma is one of Pregnancy Twinning’s feet on the ground. She has four children of her own and lives in a nearby village. She is also HIV positive, and has given birth to HIV-free children through getting the right advice and treatment, when she discovered she was living with HIV, her husband refused to be tested and abandoned her and their four children.
Emma now supports other mothers, like Deborah, in her community. She visits Deborah regularly and has done throughout her pregnancy – providing practical advice, emotional support and counselling to Deborah and her husband.
“The first thing I do is share my story, that the only reason I am here is because of following advice. Then they are assured and can trust me,” Emma explains.
Peer relationships built on trust over the entire course of a family’s pregnancy are at the core of Pregnancy Twinning.The difference that makes? Well… meet Edward, Deborah’s first child whom she gave birth to in a hospital. HIV-free.