"Mother, mother, there's too many of you crying." ~ Marvin Gaye
As I sit here at about 22 weeks pregnant and worrying about a possible partial placenta previa, I have to remind myself of how fortunate I am to live in a country where, if anything were to go wrong, I would likely be in good hands with the advanced healthcare we are privy to in the US. Not every pregnant woman is so lucky.
One of my great bloggy friends, Adriel from the Mommyhood Memos, works with a wonderful organization that provides healthcare, doctors, midwives, health education, and related services to the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. She is using her beautiful blogging voice to gather fellow mom bloggers to assist in spreading the word about the needs of the women in Papua New Guinea. Essentially, they are short on birth kits and could use our help. Women are dying of birth-related complications that are entirely preventable. As Adriel points out, "Because in rural Papua New Guinea... 1 in 7 women die in childbirth and that rate is simply unacceptable."
And it's so easy for us to help. Please check out her post for information on how to make a birth kit yourself to send or on how to donate to this very worthy cause. A mere $10 can provide 5 mothers (and babies) with clean birth kits. I just donated and it was incredibly simple. You can also donate in honor of your own mama -- just put Bloggers for Birth Kits and the name of your mom in the comments box when donating. I can't think of a much better way to honor mothers around the world this Mother's Day. I know my mom would be down for the cause.
Be sure to visit the Mommyhood Memos for lots more info and updates on Bloggers for Birth Kits!