Giving birth is one of the most glorious experience. It begins as a hope and dream, it matures for long nine months then morphs into an unbelievable experience. It changes a couple into a family, women into mothers and brings forth a brand new life. Sometimes, the experience can result in a scary or unhappy endings.
Delivering more than I bargained for:
My first pregnancy was amazing. I conceived right away, my pregnancy followed a typical time line and I went into labour 3 days early. The labour was painful, but bearable and the delivery was long, but rewarding. My son was placed in my arms and all was right in the world.
Or so it should have been.
Instead of indulging in skin to skin contact, my baby was whisked away, my midwife’s face went from one of joy to concern and the room began spinning. Machines began to beep, bloody cloths fell to the floor and my midwives began murmuring worlds like “she’s lost too much”, “surgery”, and “we have to stop it”. Panic set in. I remember my Mom grabbing my hand as I tried to comprehend what was going on. At one point I whispered “Am I going to die?” as I saw my Mom’s face go white and tears form in her eyes.
Minutes later, I was stabbed in the thigh and the machines began to calm down. The faces around me lightened and the room began to clear. My husband returned to my bedside with our brand new baby boy and the world was once again perfect.
Help Fight Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH)
Each day, more than 800 women world-wide die from pregnancy or childbirth related complications. Some are caused by direct obstetric causes such as hemorrhage like I did, whereas others battle infection, malnutrition, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (i.e. eclampsia), and complications from unsafe abortion. For every woman who dies from complications related to childbirth, approximately 20 more suffer injuries, infections and disabilities.
Most maternal and new born deaths are preventable! In Canada, access to health care and nutrition ensures Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) deficiencies are the exception rather than the norm. Unfortunately, in other parts of the world, MNCH is of major concern as maternal and child mortality rates are unacceptably high.
This Mother’s Day, ADRA Canada is calling on Canadians to help raise awareness for this important issue through social media! Join the Show your Heart for Maternal Health campaign by sharing a photo or video with their hands placed over their belly buttons in the shape of a heart, using the hashtag #Heart4MaternalHealth. Let’s make MNCH a household name, send a message of hope and support and encourage more Canadians to take action!
Visit HeartForMaternalHealth.ca to follow ADRA Canada’s journey!