Maternal mortality is a global problem. It’s a problem that impacts us all.
Every year, more than half a million women die from pregnancy or birth-related complications.
Maternal mortality is higher in rural areas and among poorer and less educated communities.
A woman in a developing country is 97 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy than a woman in a developed country.
Most deaths occur following birth by postpartum bleeding, infection, eclampsia, obstructed labor, unsafe abortion, or other direct causes.
When Birth is Taken for Granted
I think that the most unfortunate part of living in a developed nation is that you sometimes take for granted things that should not be taken for granted. How you give birth, i.e., natural, with epidural, via c-section becomes a rallying cry here and in other developed nations to begin conversations on the criteria for being a good mom, but forgotten is the fact that it’s a blessing that you even gave birth, that you lived, that your children lived.
I have birthed two babies. With both children, I never thought for a second, while pushing, that the forceful breath used to create a push to give life could be my last. I never thought about the possibility that our sisters in other countries must think about, about how childbirth can be very beautiful or very tragic. Between life and death is sometimes how childbirth is described. But, sometimes, we forget this.
This Mother’s Day, let’s not forget.
Let’s remember to be thankful and grateful to have given birth and support moms who should have the right to do the same. A good blogging friend of mine, Adriel of the Mommyhood Memos, started Bloggers for Birth Kits last year to connect blogging moms to moms of Papua New Guinea, where the maternal mortality rate is 1 in 7 women.
For the price of a bad-tasting cheeseburger from a fast food restaurant, you can help a mom in Papua New Guinea avoid one of the easiest preventable causes of maternal death, infection. You can do this by giving her a kit containing everyday household items that she can use to at least ensure a clean birth.
To make a donation to go towards a kit, please visit Adriel’s blog.
Even if you can’t help out financially, you can do so much by reblogging this post on tumblr, tweeting or sharing a link to her blog on your blog or Facebook page. Or, in the very least, you can educate yourself on maternal mortality and spread the word to other men and women in your life.
Thank you for reading this. I hope you visit Adriel’s blog, learn more, start talking, and get involved.