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Alternative gift idea: Save a life with a Safe Birth Certificate

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Alternative gift idea: Save a life with a Safe Birth Certificate
Save a life this holiday season with a Safe Birth Certificate gift

Save a life this holiday season with a Safe Birth Certificate gift

The thing about becoming a mother that bonds you to all other mothers is your shared experience. We have all gone through pregnancy, labor and delivery — then later dealt with a child’s feeding issues, teething, development and how to bring up that child in today’s world. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel I understand a little about each other person who is a mother because I know we have all gone through some of the same things. So it’s important to support one another.

That’s why when I found out about Maternity Worldwide, I thought it was a good idea to spread the word. Maternity Worldwide helps women in developing countries while they are pregnant and during labor and delivery so they can save the lives of more mothers and babies. It’s sad to think that on average, 800 women die in pregnancy and childbirth every day — and most of these women are in rural areas of developing countries. Pregnant women with high blood pressure, placenta previa, twins in the breech position and other life-threatening issues are helped in 11 countries. Some women visit the clinic just so they can see their babies via portable ultrasound, in many cases walking for hours to the clinic.

Maternity Worldwide is offering a Safe Birth Certificate as an alternative gift for someone who would love to know that a mother and child will be helped in her or her name. For £15 ($24), you can sponsor a safe birth, and for £50 ($81), you can sponsor an emergency caesarean section.

This is a nice last-minute gift for a socially minded person — or maybe just another mother who feels that bond with all other mothers.

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