New life emerges vulnerable. The loss of a new life is devastating. We can work together to ensure that more families do not have to endure such grief.
I am a Mom to two kids and one life lost through miscarriage. We all have a story to tell. Woman who give life through childbirth find themselves in a very vulnerable space, good maternal health care ensures the best possible outcome.
When we make maternal health a priority, Mom’s around the world receive a gift of hope.
Millennium Development Goal #5 is to improve maternal health. The MDG’s were designed to be reached by 2015.
The Global Newborn Health Conference will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa April 15-18. The world is joining together to reduce infant mortality around the world. The conference will be streaming live here.
These are simple ways that maternal health can be improved globally:
- Helping Maternal Health through training programs that identify risks of pre-term birth such as high blood pressure and infection.
- Promoting Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care research shows this is one of the most effective ways to save newborn lives.
- Good hygiene and hand-washing procedures the power of a simple checklist.
- Providing good prenatal care to expectant mothers.
- Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- Educating Girls helps prenatal care and child survival rates when the girls someday become mothers.
What Can You Do?
- Lend your signature to the Million Moms Challenge the right for every Mom to have a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth and a strong beginning.
- Two Degrees for every bar you buy a nutritional pack is donated to a hungry child. (Think TOMS for protein bars.)
- Get involved in the Global Team of 200 partner organization Maternity Worldwide.
- And the organization Shanti Uganda.
- Pull out those gift catalogs and pick a gift that directly benefits maternal health.
- You can follow the conversation at Twitter #Newborn2013
- Watch Girl Rising and help support education to girls.
- Read about PulseOx Screening for newborns.
Photo Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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