I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Cigna Foundation, in partnership with Samahope. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #GiveHopeWithCigna
I had my baby boy 6 months ago, and like every childbirth, it’ll be a day I will remember for the rest of my life. My water broke when I was 39 weeks 2 days pregnant, and we rushed to the hospital. Doctors and midwifes generally like to deliver babies within 24 hours of the water breaking, because of increased risk to the baby if they aren’t delivered within that time frame.
Well, I waited, and walked, waited some more, walked a lot more, but my contractions never started. After 18 hours in labor (and no sleep), my midwife urged me to consider pitocin to kick-start contractions, to potentially avoid a c-section. I agreed to the pitocin, and 6 hours later, my son was born (a few minutes under the 24 hour mark).
Throughout my entire labor, I had a clean room, many nurses, doctors and midwifes available to me. Although, I can’t say for certain what would have happened otherwise, I shutter to think how my son’s birth could have gone very differently if I didn’t have access to well-trained medical professionals, medicine, and a clean environment.
My babies and I are incredibly fortunate to live in a developed country, to have good health insurance, and access to doctors and midwives. For millions of moms and moms-to-be, they are not so lucky. Did you know that a woman dies every two minutes from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth?
How to Help
Feeling incredibly fortunate to have access to safe childbirths, I know it is important for me to give back and help others who don’t have the same access. This year, Cigna Foundation World of Difference has given a grant to Samahope to help train local nurses, fund doctors in India, in order to help provide medical treatment and surgeries to people in need. Together, Cigna Foundation and Samahope are helping people of all ethnicity, races, genders, age, economics and geographies.
Samahope is a 501(c)(3) organization that pools donations to enable doctors and nurses to provide treatments for under served populations. This year, they are working to fund the 10,000 Lives Campaign, to protect the lives of children and women in need, by providing enough birth kids to save 5,000 moms and their 5,000 babies. They are already half-way there, but they need more help over the next couple months to reach their goal.
With a $5 donation, you can provide a safe birth and help protect two lives: a mother and her baby. The $5 birth kid provides sterile tools for a Skilled Birth Attendant to protect a mom and baby from life-threatening complications that may arise in childbirth.
As the holiday season arrives, and you’re planning what gifts to buy your families, friends and loved ones, please consider the less fortunate. With such a small contribution being able to provide life-saving tools for moms and babies, it is a tremendous gift to give.
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