“SAMAS” [Sanatate pentru Mame si Sugari, which means Health for Mothers and Babies] is a network of perinatal educators in Romania who help pregnant women and new mothers make informed choices about nutrition and infant care.
The first 1,000 days offer a unique window of opportunity to build a foundation for a healthier life. According to UNICEF, 80% of the infant mortality can be prevented through education of parents.
Yet, back in 2013 Romania was facing several challenges to encourage breastfeeding at national level: a mix perception of breastfeeding, lack of breastfeeding support, practices in maternities not aligned with the World Health Organization recommendations, very little recognition of midwives and limited training on perinatal education.
This has lead to:
With the support of Danone Ecosystem, Early Life Nutrition Romania and Red Cross Romania co-created the SAMAS project. In Romanian SAMAS stands for: Sanatate pentru Mame si Sugari, which means Health for Mothers and Babies.
The project has developed a network of Perinatal Educators, who receive both medical and entrepreneurship training, as well as assistance in establishing their professional activities. After receiving the proper trainings, they can then help mothers make informed choices about nutritional and perinatal care for themselves and their babies.
The project has functioned independently since 2016, and has contributed to significantly improving the health and quality of life for pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies. To date, the project has had several positive impact:
Nurses trained on perinatal education
Mothers and young parents supported