Thursday, April 26, 2012

Give a mom (and your mom!) a clean birth kit for Mother's Day!

 Mother and child healthcare in the developing world is very close to my heart.  Especially during Safran's birth, but even with Jubilee I was very grateful to have skilled midwives working on my behalf.  I'm overwhelmed with the care I received during pregnancy and the birth balls, bath tubs and popsicles that enhanced my birth experiences.  This is not the case for the majority of women bringing babies into the world.  I've met many women in India and Sub-Saharan Africa who gave birth with only the help of their mothers/grandmothers/sisters, miles from skilled care.  Many women birth babies on dirt floors alone.  I really cannot imagine that.

A friend of mine started an initiative to equip women in Papua New Guinea with clean birth kits, where the rate of maternal death is 1 in 7 women.  It's really simple, but for women who have nothing else, it can save lives, especially by preventing infection.  It's not the 'answer' to all problems birth related, but clean birth kits are an empowering, life-saving tool put into the hands of people who really need it. 



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Last Mother's Day I donated some kits on my mom's behalf.  If you have a blog you can help spread the word, or share about the initiative on Facebook or other social media. 

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Will you get involved?  Click here to learn more.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Becca, for helping to spread the word. This: "It's not the 'answer' to all problems birth related, but clean birth kits are an empowering, life-saving tool put into the hands of people who really need it." YES. I love this.

    Someday I'd love to sit face to face with you and hear some of your stories from the field. You have such a rich well to draw from as your eyes have seen things that not many of the rest of us have.

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