There should be a song for women to sing at this moment, or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name the moment.” Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
Being a Midwife allows me to have the joy of bringing new mothers into the world every day. It is the most awe inspiring profession in the universe, one of great importance that has been handed down since the time of Moses. As Midwives, my partners and I are there not only to make sure that a woman’s physical and medical needs are being met, but also to accompany her on her journey to becoming a new person herself, a mother. Becoming a mother is not a moment in time but a process that begins when a woman contemplates her pregnancy. Sometimes it is even unplanned, but still a tiny little miracle that grows and blossoms inside. To watch the changes that happen in women throughout their pregnancy and to travel this road along with them gives us a sense of connectedness to all of those who have come before us and to all who have yet to come. This sense of connectedness is what carries us through the tough times, and helps us lift our moms up where they need to go. Our job is to make them feel so important, so powerful, so confident in their abilities to bring forth new life into this world that they can say “I did this!”, and then carry that feeling inside for a lifetime.
However, some women are not so lucky. Each year, 287,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. That is one woman every 2 minutes. In some regions of the world, many woman give birth alone, without the help of a skilled birth attendant to see them through their journey to becoming a mother. They must walk alone, traveling long distances before they reach help. Many of them die along the way. 99% of maternal deaths take place in developing countries. Even in the U.S., some woman are not getting the proper prenatal care they need. The U.S. ranks 50th world wide in terms of maternal health. We lose 2 women in the U.S every day. 90% of all of these deaths are preventable.
What can we do to help? Visit Everymothercounts leading up to mothers day and every other day to become part of the solution. Here are five easy ways you can help:
Become an Advocate: Share your birth story with Every Mother Counts. Be the voice for other girls and women who can’t use theirs. By simply telling your own birth story, you are helping to raise awareness about maternal health. By sharing on social media, you are creating your own network to join the fight to end the suffering.
Walk, Run, Bike: This is really cool!!! Click here to download the Charity Miles app, an app that lets you earn 25¢ per mile for Every Mother Counts, whenever you run OR walk, and 10¢ per mile whenever you bike. You can do this while taking a stroll around your own neighborhood. I soooo know some friends to recruit to do this with me!!!! Don’t forget to like this post at Musingsofamidwife on Facebook or post a comment when you download the app to help us spread the word 🙂
Recycle your old cell phones: these old cell phones put health care workers in remote areas in touch with what they need to help women. It’s as easy as packing them up & printing out a prepaid shipping label.
Volunteer: At home and abroad, many of the organizations that Every mother counts supports through grants are in need of volunteers. A full list can be found on the website, Midwives for Haiti included 🙂
Host a showing: Share Christy Turlington Burn’s documentary No Woman, No Cry & inspire more people to become involved in the fight to end needless suffering.
Ask me for strength and I will lend not only my hand, but also my heart 🙂