Help and Empower Ugandan Mothers with Shanti Uganda

In Uganda, 16 women die every day from complications surrounding childbirth.

That is a staggering statistic.

16 women every single day do not survive to meet their newborns. Many lose their lives or the lives of their babies soon after.

In 2012 Shanti Uganda has assisted in bringing 113 new lives into the world safely and peacefully, tested over 400 mothers and partners for HIV and other STIs, provided 1000 antenatal care appointments and run a weekly infant immunization and family planning program.

As the community grows, so do the needs of the organization.

To find out more about how you can help or just to find out more about this wonderful organization so that you can help spread the word go to Shanti Uganda: Opportunities to Give.

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Winter Home Safety Challenge (alarm #giveaway !) #worryfreehome

Is your house or apartment as safe as it could or should be?

Are you doing all that you can to avoid fire and other hazards? I know that I, for one, know all of the things about which I am supposed to be careful…but sometimes life gets in the way and I am careless.

I am constantly leaving things plugged in and walking away, leaving cords strewn all over the place so that I trip over them later.  This is a problem in any season with my laptop, but now that it is cold and Flu season, I anticipate trouble with humidifier wires….plugs and spilling water are a definite no-no!  I am also guilty of lighting my Shabbat candles and either going to sleep or leaving the house, probably a big safety no-no. I am even guilty of wacking my smoke detector with a broom handle to make it stop beeping after I burn something…(admit it, you’ve done that!)

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Give Kudos to Deserving Health Workers by Voting in the Real Awards (ends today!)

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It would be hard to find a person who hasn’t had at least one positive experience with a health care professional. It is important to take a moment to call put those who go above and beyond the call of duty and imbue their profession with an extra dose of humanity.
Save the Children and Frontline Health Workers Coalition created the REAL Awards as a way to call out United States-based health workers for the sacrifice and commitment they exhibit through their work.
Workers have been nominated in these categories:

Newborn and Mother Care
Chronic Disease Care
Pediatric Care
Hospice Care
Veteran Care
Emergency Care
At-Home Care
General Health Worker

You can learn more about the awards, as well as cast your vote here

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Another Gift that Gives Back: Give the Gift of Safe Birth

If it weren’t for a whole host of amazing medical professionals, neither I nor my babies would probably have survived my pregnancies. I was preeclamptic with each of my two pregnancies and had my doctors not known what to look out for or been lax in monitoring me, I might have had a very different outcome. I needed care before, during and after labor. Because I received such a high standard of care, I was even able to avoid having c-sections or any more medical interventions during labor than those that were totally necessary.

The statistics are staggering–Every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. The numbers multiply exponentially for women in developing countries.

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Choosing the Right Specialized Care for Your Little Ones

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You hope you never need it, but, at some point, whether as a result of an injury or even to rule something out, most parents end up seeking some sort of specialized care for their little ones.

When my son was young his elbow used to pop out of its socket all of the time.   Though ‘nursemaid’s elbow’ may be no big deal medically, to a new parent it is pretty terrifying.  The first time it happened, when he was about 6 months old, we ran to the emergency room.  When it began to happen more often, we sought the advice of our pediatrician and ended up making many visits to a wonderful pediatric orthopedist.  I can’t imagine having to deal with doctors and nurses who weren’t specifically trained to deal with children (and their nervous parents!)

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