I’m taking a small detour today from handmade goodness to talk about something that I am passionate about– Healthy Mothers and Babies. Did you know that very 90 seconds a woman needlessly loses her life in pregnancy or childbirth?? And 80% of these deaths are preventable.
I am proud to be a part of ABC News’ Million Moms Challenge. If we find 100,000 people who sign on to the Million Moms Challenge, Johnson & Johnson will donate a total of $100,000 to several of the biggest NGOs helping moms and babies throughout the world. I think that is worth talking about!!
Last month I shared the premature birth of my daughter due to Preeclampsia and she was able to meet her grandpa. I know that without the great medical care I received that I would not have survived that pregnancy. This month I am sharing the over-due delivery of my oldest daughter and how my perfect birth plan did not happen at all the way I expected!
Here’s a little excerpt:
My second pregnancy was going perfectly as planned and I was thrilled when I discovered I was having a girl. I had made a birth plan, my mother was coming out two days before I was to be induced to help with the new baby and to help care for our almost two-year-old son. Plus my husband had asked for time off from work.
I went into my last doctor’s appointment confident that everything was turning out exactly as I had envisioned. My mom was scheduled to fly out the next day and I would have a baby within the week. Then things started to go off the grid. My doctor informed me that he didn’t think my dates were right and he wondered if the baby was ready to be born. I had a strep test and it came back positive for Strep B which meant I needed to have antibiotics before the baby came. And I also needed an amniocentesis to find out if my baby’s lungs were developed. What???
Hop on over to Million Moms Challenge and read what happened next. And while you are over there — I’d love to know what went through your mind when you held your baby for the first time? By replying over at the Million Moms site, you will be entered to win an exclusive Million Moms Challenge Gift Pack, which includes an iPad2, a custom-made Million Moms Challenge pendant and a $50 donation in your name to Global Giving.