We all know that being a mother is not an easy job. Imagine being a mother in a underdeveloped country. The obstacles they face seem insurmountable! According to the World Health Organization, “Maternal mortality is unacceptably high. About 1000 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day”. One of the most significant ways to decrease maternal mortality is to have skilled health personnel involved in the prenatal care, present at births and continued follow up and provide care of the mother during her child bearing years. Nurses are the ideal educators for teaching these community skilled health personnel! Kimberly Garcia, a 2009 One Nurse Scholarship recipient, traveled to Guatemala with Refuge International to teach Guatemalan lay midwives about nursing interventions to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death in the third world. Results of the study were published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in January 2012.
Save the Children has published their annual report “State of the World’s Mothers 2012” which gives an in depth look at the complexities of being a mother in different parts of the world. It’s a fascinating report and one well worth the time!
How can you help?
1. Volunteer to teach maternal nursing to skilled health workers with organizations like Refuge International, Midwifes for Haiti, Grounds for Health or Empathy Uganda. You can also search ourDirectory for more organizations that focus on Women’s Health.
2. Not able to travel overseas? Try volunteering at a women’s shelter or crisis pregnancy center locally. These women have struggles and needs that can be addressed by those willing to reach out and care.
3. World Vision has fantastic blog articles related to Mother’s Day to read and consider sponsoring a child.