If you have read my about page… you know that I have mentioned my birth did not go exactly well. If you don’t mind, I would like to share a few more details.
I was about 38 weeks when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. My blood pressure was up, I had lots of protein in my urine and my ankles were beyond swollen. We started our night in the hospital with the usual induction methods… which my body was not really responding to.
Finally after many struggles, tears and different methods the doctor came in to tell us that we had finally dilated to a 3 about mid morning on Sunday. However, this news was followed up with some news I never planned on for my birth experience. The doctor informed me that I had not had urine output for 5 hours, even with fluid boluses. He said that we needed to do a c-section or I could end up with permanent kidney damage. Once we finally made it into the c-section and they reached my little guy, we was white, limp and not breathing.
As you can also see from our about me page, we had a happy ending. I am lucky to be mommy to the happiest, cutest little boy in the world. I would like to tell you today that not every mom is this lucky and if I had this birth experience in a developing country I likely would not be here today.
Maternity Worldwide is an organization looking to change what would have been my outcome in many developing countries. The risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth in a developing country is 1 in 150. Compare this risk to 1 in 3800 in most developed countries. Then compare this stat with the ratio of 1 in 39 for sub saharan Africa.
I could not imagine missing out on the life of my little boy. The event of a mom passing away trickles down stream in the family with devastating effects. Many of the children have in increased risk of poverty once their mother passes away. They have an increased risk of poor nutrition, decreased education and decreased access to medical care.
This Christmas, or even later, I hope you take the chance to change the life of a woman and alter the course of her family for good. Maternity Worldwide has several support options including Christmas cards. Then after that go give your kids and mom a big hug.
Happy Sweet Thursday everyone, don’t forget you can nominate your friends to be recognized here as well.
Does anyone have any birth stories to share?