When I was pregnant with my first child I dragged my husband to pre-natal and child-birthing classes where we practiced our breathing, and formulated a birthing plan. Four kids later I laugh when I think about it. I do remember when they finally induced that first baby, that a sudden fear set in. It was the realization that something could go horribly wrong.
As my healthy baby was set on my chest after a smooth delivery, I realized that how the baby got there was not the important thing. The “Birthing Plan” we threw out the window didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was that both mom and baby were fine. I live in a country where we expect safe childbirth, and have the luxury to imagine that we can plan how it will go.
Giving birth should be a time of joy and hope for families, yet in Sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 39 risk dying in during childbirth. In developing nations around the world 800 mothers will die giving birth each day. These are areas without proper healthcare facilities or healthcare professionals within reach. No mother should die in childbirth, and many who do are only in the 15-20 year old age group. Other mother’s often leave behind older children who are then more likely to suffer from malnutrition, and a continued cycle of poverty. Most of these lives could be saved relatively easily for a small cost. This is where Maternity Worldwide comes in.
London-based Maternity Worldwide, works to ensure safe births and increased maternal health in developing nations. By providing communities with information on maternal health and family planning, improving access to healthcare, training local midwives and doctors and providing the resources and equipment to provide safe births they are saving lives. Maternity Worldwide is offering an alternative to traditional gift giving this Christmas with their “Save A Life This Christmas” program.
A Safe Birth Certificate can be purchased for $24. For $81 an emergency delivery is provided for a mother in sub Saharan Africa. This is the perfect gift for that someone with a giving heart, someone who has everything they need, or a friend who has just given birth to her own child, and understands the true impact of this gift.
By ordering a Safe Birth Certificate you will enable a mother in a developing country to safely give birth to her baby. The Safe Birth Certificate can be personalized with your own message, and either sent directly to the recipient or to you to give to them. Because Maternity Worldwide is based in London, the amounts are listed in pounds. (when I went on to order my gift I ended up doing it as a donation and then sending an e-mail to the provided address asking them to provide a digital gift certificate or to mail a copy to the recipient.) I encourage you to read some of the amazing case studies of funds in action on the Maternity Worldwide website.
What could be a more amazing gift than giving the gift of life?
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.