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.
There is a way that you can help.
Maternity Wordwide, an independent, secular advocacy organization, is trying to make a change:
At Maternity Worldwide we believe no woman or girl should die giving birth. We want to see a world where every mother, wherever she lives, is able to give birth safely and without fear. We want to stop mothers dying and suffering in pregnancy and childbirth, we want babies to live and be healthy and we want families to thrive.
A Three Delays Model helps the organization assess whether women in each country are delayed in 1. Making a decision to see care 2. Reaching Care or 3. Receiving aqequate care. Once a communities needs are assessed, Maternity Worldwide partners with the community to empower the women to make their own choices and access the care that they need.
To find out more, volunteer or make a donation to sponsor a safe birth visit the Maternity Worldwide website. You can donate directly, purchase from their collection of holiday cards or gift their collection of recipes, called A Recipe For Life. Note: All prices on the website are in British Pounds, but they can be switched to other currencies once you get to checkout.