I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Did you know that this weekend was Luke’s first birthday? I spent the day snowed in, reminiscing about his birth and the exciting events leading up to it. He’s my third and my third attempt to have an all-natural birth.
He didn’t quite understand the concept of blowing out the candles, but he did enjoy licking the frosting off of his cupcake. How sweet is his little face?
With Callie we had planned a hospital birth with a doula–I had to go on bed-rest due to the complications that were leading to premature labor, with many interventions that were the opposite of natural. With Colette we attempted a home birth but due to meconium ended up in the hospital with 18 hours of labor, two inductions and we were very close to being wheeled into the operating room.
By the time Luke came around we opted for a birth at a local birthing center and I finally had the labor and delivery that I wanted: in a warm, safe environment surrounded by a small team of loving providers that were looking after me and my son.
I’ve had the full spectrum of experiences and I’m grateful for every opportunity that we’ve had because each one resulted in the birth of a healthy baby. I have many friends that are midwives and doulas, and with each pregnancy that we come across our hopes are always the same: a safe birth, a healthy baby and mama.
Every day, 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.
What is Kangu.org?
The costs for skilled healthcare professionals and transportation to hospitals or clinics is too great for many women in developing countries: many of them live off less than $2 a day.
Kangu is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Kangu is designed to help put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths by enabling donors to support life-saving health services for pregnant women – mamas – and their babies in need, especially in places where these women wouldn’t have access to these services otherwise.
If you’re not familiar with it, “Crowdfunding” refers to technology that enables individuals to come together as a community, to jointly raise money for something they all believe in. At www.kangu.org, you can search profiles of pregnant women in need and give one the opportunity to access high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local medical partners, are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%.
Want to help?
I-C is hosting a contest for Kangu through which you can enter to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on your behalf. All you have to do is share on social media before the contest closes on March 2.
Kangu – One Mama at a Time