I sometimes forget to stop and think about how blessed we are in this country. We can actually decide what kind of birth we want, and expect high-quality medical care without thinking twice. Last year, although I didn't have the birth of my dreams, I still brought my girls into this world in a safe and clean environment.
But the women in rural Papua New Guinea defy the odds when they give birth and survive. Their maternal mortality rates are 1 in 7.
1 in 7.
This takes my breath away. Of all my beautiful girlfriends and their precious babes, could I imagine even losing one of them? No.
For the women of Papua New Guinea, this is reality.
As a mother, this cause strikes me straight to the core. My heart cries for the women who fear birth, not because they're afraid of the pain or of not getting their post-baby body back quick enough, but because they know that they might not be one of the fortunate ones.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
I am so excited to be teaming up with Adriel from The Mommyhood Memos to support this year's Bloggers for Birth Kits drive.
We have the resources available to us to assemble, collect, and distribute the basic items to make up a birth kit. We have an opportunity to do something that actually makes a difference. Everything you need to make one can be found easily and quickly at your local hardware store and pharmacy. And, they only cost $2-3 each!
This year, in honor of Mothers Day, join us in making a difference in the developing world by contributing to this clean birth kit drive.
How to Get Involved:
1. Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Later this month, I'll be hosting my own Birth Kit party at my house and we'll crank out as many as we can. Learn how to assemble and ship birth kits by watching Adriel's video here.
2. Donate for a birth kit to be made on your behalf. ($10 will buy 5 kits!) All donations for B4BK go toward the assembly and distribution of kits, as well as maternal care education. Make your online donation here. Please be sure to write “Bloggers for Birth Kits” in the box that says “additional comments” so the funds will be allocated properly! You can also donate on behalf of someone else for a meaningful Mother's Day gift! The instructions for doing this are at the bottom of this post.
3. Help raise awareness by posting about the cause on your blog, facebook, pinterest, and twitter. (Please use the hash tag #B4BirthKits!)
4. Add the Bloggers for Birth Kits button to your blog. Visit Adriel's blog to get the code.
Last year, we made and distributed 2,000 birth kits! Let's double that number this year! Please join Adriel and all of us who are supporting Bloggers for Birth Kits.