Make a difference this #BumpDay
Join What to Expect and International Medical Corps on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, for the third annual #BumpDay, by posting your favorite bump photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Learn more to International Medical Corps here or via Facebook.com/BumpDay.
It’s hard to believe and it’s heartbreaking: Every single day around the world, 830 women die from pregnancy, childbirth or related complications — a staggering number that the World Health Organization (WHO) calls “unacceptably high.” For every woman who dies, an additional 20 to 30 experience severe complications.
Perhaps the most startling fact: Most maternal deaths and injuries are preventable, and we know exactly how to prevent them — with prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, a safe birth space, proper sanitation (including soap and clean water) and infection control. Unfortunately, too many women don’t have access to even those pregnancy and childbirth basics. That’s why What to Expect has partnered with International Medical Corps (IMC) for #BumpDay, which highlights the need for better maternal care worldwide.
Healthy futures start with healthy beginnings. Every mom deserves a safe pregnancy and delivery and a healthy start in life for the baby she loves. By donating at BumpDay.org or Facebook.com/BumpDay, you can help save lives.
Here’s exactly what your donation will accomplish:
One-third of all maternal deaths could be prevented simply by having a skilled medical professional present during birth. That’s why International Medical Corps has prioritized educating health care workers. In fact, in 2015 alone, International Medical Corps trained 2,745 midwives, nurses and other health care workers, including 24 students in Afghanistan who enrolled in a midwifery program (when they graduate, they’ll reach more than 7,900 women in rural communities), and more than 41 doctors and nurses in Somalia who were trained in emergency obstetric and newborn care.
Supporting health care infrastructure
Access to vital health care means a healthier start for moms and their babies. In 2015, International Medical Corps helped support 39 health care facilities in Somalia, South Sudan and more. What does that look like? Here’s just one example: In South Sudan, the organization partnered with the Ministry of Health to open three different midwifery schools that have so far graduated 345 nurses and midwives.
Through community education programs, International Medical Corps has been able to reach more than 78,000 women and girls. One of their biggest priorities: Preventing adolescent marriages and pregnancies. Why? Study after studyshows that when girls and women have the power to plan, delay and space out pregnancies, they achieve higher levels of education, earn more money, are happier, have fewer children and are able to take better care of themselves and the children they do have.
Resources and supplies
Many health facilities around the world lack even the most basic supplies needed for a safe delivery — like running water, electricity or delivery tables. International Medical Corps supports moms and babies by providing supplies to ensure that birthing environments are clean and sterile. Just one practical, lifesaving, immediately-useful example: birthing kits for midwives, which include umbilical cord ties, latex gloves, razor, soap, plastic sheet, and other basics to deliver babies safely and prevent deadly infection and other complications in moms and newborns. International Medical Corps also provides families with hygiene kits, including essentials like soap, towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which help keep families healthy and prevent disease. Last year alone, International Medical Corps delivered 56,000 hygiene kits to moms and caregivers.
Better nutrition for moms and babies
284,000 children under 5 and 39,500 mothers were able to receive treatment for malnourishment in 2015, thanks to donations to International Medical Corps. Children who are malnourished are much more susceptible to infections their immune systems might otherwise be able to fight off. Moreover, constant hunger exacerbates existing gender divides, keeps kids out of school, stunts a child’s emotional and intellectual development and overall, worsens the cycle of poverty.
Healthy futures start with healthy beginnings, and that starts with prioritizing the lives of moms and babies. Every mom deserves a safe, healthy pregnancy, and every baby deserves a fair shot at life. By donating to the What to Expect Healthy Birth Project of the International Medical Corps this #BumpDay, you can help make that happen.