Friday, October 26, 2012

Bloggers for Birth Kits

The Mommyhood Memos Bloggers for Birth Kits 
 I came across this organization earlier this morning and because I am only 2 months away from going through the process of childbirth, it really struck home for me. 

What if I didn't have biweekly checkups to see my baby on an ultrasound?
What if I had no educated doctor telling me everything was ok?
What if I had no clean place to give birth?
What if I wasn't even sure if I would survive childbirth?

How would I be feeling then?

For the past 7 months, I have been preparing for my due date. I have done my best to ensure that my daughter's birth is as comfortable, easy, and as well-planned out as possible. I have a birth plan in progress for how I WANT everything to go. My worries have to do with pain or my lack of comfort, not if my baby or I will survive. 
Yes, I realize there is always the possibility of death in childbirth, but in America, we are blessed beyond comparison to have educated doctors and nurses, clean facilities, and an excess of proper equipment necessary for giving birth.

So really, I don't have a lot to worry about when it comes to giving birth. I can enjoy all of these moments in my pregnancy leading up to the day where I will meet my sweet baby girl!

Not every woman has that opportunity.

In rural Papua New Guinea 1 in 7 women die in childbirth and that rate is simply unacceptable.
Now I realize that Papua New Guinea is not the only place where this is an issue, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of resources in the world to help these mothers and babies… they just need to be collected and redistributed.
bloggers for birth kits volunteer handing out birth kits

This is where you and I come in.

Bloggers for Birth Kits is a simple initiative to rally bloggers (and friends of bloggers) to reach out and help mamas in Papua New Guinea. These women may seem very different to you… but they are mothers with the same heart – mothers who desire to deliver healthy, thriving babies just as we do. 
The Mommyhood Memos Bloggers for Birth Kits
What can you do?
1. Make a birth kit. Assemble one yourself or gather a group of girlfriends, a moms group, work associates, or a church group to make a box full of them! Mail your kits to: Adriel Booker, Bloggers for Birth Kits, PO Box 6221, Townsville, Queensland, 4810, Australia. We will distribute the kits in some of the poorest regions of Papua New Guinea on our Medical Ship.
[FAQ page is here!]
2. Donate for a birth kit to be made on your behalf. ($10 will buy 5 kits!) All donations for B4BK go toward the assembly and distribution of birth kits, as well as maternal care education. Make your online donation here. Please be sure to write Bloggers for Birth Kits in the “additional comments” box so the funds will be allocated properly.

3. Help raise awareness by posting about the cause on your blog, facebook, pinterest, and twitter (using #B4BirthKits), or add the Bloggers for Birth Kits button to your blog.
(You can visit Adriel's blog for more information on donating or creating your own birth kits.) 

Now instead of sitting around in my own selfishness of how I WANT my birth to go, I am reminded of how blessed I am to even have the option of giving birth in a clean environment, and I am grateful for the opportunity to spread the word so others can be aware as well!

I hope you will have a heart for these women and help them in some way if you can!
Remember, even if you can't help physically or financially that you can be praying for these moms all over the world, not just for their physical needs, but for their spiritual salvation as well. 
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Colossians 3:17 
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1 comment:

  1. Its so important to remember this. During my morning prayer, I often find myself thanking God just that I was born in America. What a blessed life we live. Thanks for sharing this organization, ill be checking it out!

    Kylie

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