Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Maternity Worldwide: No Woman Should Die in Childbirth

Throughout history, becoming a mother has been a special thing that has always come with some risk, or so it would seem.  Before the modern era, women entered motherhood and childbirth with the realization that they or their baby could die.  Infant mortality was something that was expected, and indeed mothers died a lot during childbirth.  They didn't have the medical science nor technology we have now.

Unfortunately, so many mothers still face this fear, but this should not be the case.  I would like to tell you about Maternity Worldwide.  Their motto is that no woman should die in childbirth, and they do a wonderful work all over the world to see that this is what happens.  Education is key because as we all know, early prenatal care is the key to a healthy baby and mother.  They train the local midwives and doctors in the best care possible for the mother and baby.  They do step in and provide equipment and aid when necessary.

Here's what I can say.  I know firsthand about giving birth at home.  Yes, I chose to go with a midwife and have an at-home birth.  But we were prepared if anything went wrong.  We had the resources needed that so many women don't.  My midwife was skilled, and I even went to the hospital about a month before I gave birth because there was a potential problem.  Thankfully, there were no issues.  And that is the way it should be for all women worldwide.

Since 2002, they have been working--mainly in Africa--to see the women and babies are healthy.  There are many ways to get involved.  You can make a donation, shop in their gift shop, support events, take up a challenge, arrange your own event, volunteer, and just keep up to date with what is going on.  They are a worthwhile charity that you should consider supporting in some way.


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