I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Getting proper prenatal medical care when you are pregnant is pretty important. A lot of things can go wrong during a pregnancy that can threaten the life of the baby or the mother, many of which can be prevented with proper monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy. However, in some places in the world, mothers cannot afford, or do not have the means, to get the proper prenatal and postnatal care they need in order to have a safe birth. We need to be aware of those who can’t, and learn of ways to help.
There have been a lot of advances in maternal medicine over the last century or so. We have all sorts of tests and screening that can be done to better ensure the health of baby and mom. Today we have triple screen tests, quad screens, amniocentesis, Cordocentesis: Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS), ultrasounds (sonograms), blood tests, urine tests, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), fetal non-stress tests, glucose tolerance tests, dopplers, and blood pressure readings. During our pregnancies, our weight is monitored, and dietary restrictions and guidelines are strongly encouraged. We are encouraged to exercise but there are caveats. All of these things are in the hopes of a healthy mom and healthy baby in the end.
How grateful I am for modern medicine and practices that let me know that I was having twins during my first pregnancy, and continued to monitor me and my babies throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I am grateful that there are practices like Cesarean sections so that my breech twin babies could be delivered safely. And I am grateful for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that helped one of my daughter’s partially collapsed lung function properly after birth. So many mothers of multiples face real threats to their babies and themselves. How grateful I am that I was lucky and healthy, and was able to deliver healthy, full-term twins, with only a very short NICU stay for only one of my girls.
I am also grateful for a supportive medical team that encouraged me to have a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) with my singleton son. I am grateful they let me go almost 2 weeks past my due date so I could have my successful vaginal delivery like I wanted. They monitored me and him carefully at the end to make sure everything was still fine. I am grateful they also let me labor for a long time and never rushed me, or encouraged to me to go to the operating room instead. I am also grateful that they once heard a murmur in my son’s heart beat and had me go for another ultrasound to make sure everything looked okay (and it was).
Having someone to call when you don’t feel right during your pregnancy, or you are worried about pains in your legs or abdomen, or when you see different discharges and spotting, is invaluable to having a healthy pregnancy. And being able to have medical professions nearby in case something does go wrong, or in case you need an Cesarean section, is a great benefit to mothers today.
But, everyday 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries (source). In fact, maternal death is the second leading cause of death among women of reproductive age (15-44) worldwide. 75% of maternal deaths are caused by common complications like high blood pressure, bleeding during childbirth, and post-birth infections that can easily be prevented or treated with access to medical care during pregnancy and birthing process. And a mother’s maternal health is closely related to newborn health. (source)
However, in certain places of the world, prenatal care is not prevalent, or at least not affordable or accessible to many women. I am someone who believes in life, no matter what your circumstances are. I believe these mothers, though poor, impoverished, unmarried, or what have you, deserve to have great prenatal care and safe births. They are women, mothers, just like you and me, who just want a healthy pregnancy, baby, and body.
Which is why I am excited to share with you all about a non-profit organization with a big dream. Kangu is an organization that believe every woman in the world deserves a safe birth. These “safe birth” services refer to healthcare service before, during, and after delivery that have been proven to save the lives of mamas and their newborn babies.
They have set up a Crowdfunding platform that allows individuals to come together a community to jointly raise money for something they believe in, in this case prenatal care for women everywhere. They are working in some areas of the world with the highest maternal mortality rates, including Uganda, Nepal, India, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. They’ve partnered with local non-profit hospitals and clinics in these developing countries and areas that offer healthcare services to pregnant women and their newborns for low costs. These small amounts cover everything from prenatal care, delivery with trained professional, emergency obstetrics care, postnatal care, clean supplies, medications, and immunizations.
Since Kangu.org‘s inception in Spring 2013, they’ve funded the safe births of more than 564 expectant mamas!
At Kangu.org anyone, anywhere can search profiles of pregnant women in need and contribute towards eliminating the financial barrier for a specific woman to access high-quality healthcare before, during, and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local medical partners, and prevent or reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to to 80%!
So may I encourage you to look through the more than 50 profiles on their site, and find a woman you would like to donate even just $10 to? It’s very easy to donate. Plus, you can make the donation in honor of someone special. Kangu will then email a card to this person, letting them know you have given a donation to fund safe birth services to a pregnant woman as a gift in their honor. They’ll even receive a birth update, complete with a picture of mama and baby after she’s delivered!
Or, you can enter to win a $100 donation! Influence Central is sponsoring a donation giveaway. Five people will win $100 to donate to the Kangu Mama of their choice! So, help spread the word, and do something great for someone else. Because, remember, it’s not having money that makes you happy, it is how you spend it. Enter below and spread the word about Kangu with your friends and followers. The contest will end on March 2, 2015!
What medical care were you grateful that you received during your pregnancy?