Mothers Day is in two days.
What an awesome holiday it is.
Hallmark holiday? Well, maybe. But I think it’s so important to take time to honor the amazing mothers in our lives. (Hi mom! *waving* Love you!)
So here’s the deal:
In rural Papua New Guinea the rate of women dying in childbirth is one in seven.
Shocking statistic, I know.
But think about it as more than a number. Think about it in terms of faces.
How many moms do you know that are pregnant? How many do you know that have just given birth in the last year?
Divide that number by seven and then think again.
The good news is there’s a way to prevent many of these deaths through the distribution (and use) of clean birth kits. In the developing world the leading cause of maternal death is infection, and the kits provide things like soap and plastic gloves and a few other basic supplies that can help create a cleaner birth environment.
And the other good news is that these kits only cost about $2-3 to make. (Seriously.)
I’ve posted all about it here.
To date we’ve raised 3176 kits so far in the last two weeks. An amazing response.
Because the thing is, women love helping women. (And some men love helping women too!)
And every mother knows the love of a mama to her baby.
And no mother can fathom not living through the welcoming of that baby into the world.
So this Mothers Day, as you’re enjoying your breakfast in bed (hopefully!), I urge you to also think of the women in PNG and elsewhere that are contending for their lives (and their babies’ lives) as we contend for the remote control.
If you’re a mom, happy Mothers Day to you for Sunday. If you’re not, well then, happy Mothers Day to your mom.
Q for you: Would you be alive today if you’d given birth in a developing nation? Would your mother??
p.s. The photo is of a package of birth kits I received today from a mom in America. Yay. Thank you. 🙂
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