This campaign is very close to my heart. I hope you’ll join me, snap a pic and share over social media your support for maternal health. Approximately 830 women worldwide die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications each day. This Mother’s Day, ADRA Canada is asking Canadians to show their heart for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) by helping to bring attention to the issue through social media.
I could have been one of those 830 women. I had to take blood thinners throughout my pregnancy to avoid a stroke. You see, I’ve had two mini-strokes(TIA’s) whilst on the birth control pill. An increase in estrogen can cause your blood to clot and knock on wood I have fully recovered. Although I still wonder at times. I have been blessed that all of my pregnancies turned out to be normal but I know it’s something to not take for granted. With hypertension in my family, other issues could have arisen but didn’t. Some mothers-to-be don’t have access to our healthcare, our resources, our abundances. Nutrition is one of them as well as healthcare screening.
Show Your #Heart4MaternalHealth! A part of ADRA Canada’s EMBRACE project – a four-year initiative, primarily funded by the Government of Canada. Click To Tweet
“Pregnancy is a time for full hearts and joy, but because of poor maternal health in developing countries and remote communities, it often ends in heartbreak,” says James Astleford, Executive Director, ADRA Canada. “In Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda, the most significant causes of maternal and child mortality are high rates of acute and chronic malnutrition of mothers and children. If babies don’t receive enough nutrition within the first 1,000 days of life, the brain does not develop properly and this is irreversible. These deaths and consequences of severe malnutrition are preventable. By increasing awareness of MNCH among Canadians, we are sending a message of hope and support – encouraging more Canadians to take action.”
Canadians are encouraged to visit HeartForMaternalHealth.ca to follow ADRA Canada’s journey and learn more about the EMBRACE project. ADRA Canada was honoured to be selected as one of the top recipients of Partnership for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) funding for the EMBRACE program. EMBRACE (Enhancing Maternal, Child and Newborn Health in Remote Areas through Revitalized Health Care and Community Engagement) aims to improve and save the lives of mothers and children in extremely vulnerable areas of Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda by improving access to quality health services and enhancing nutrition. EMBRACE is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 100,000 people, including approximately 33,000 children.
So please join me, I’d love to see your photo’s on Everything Mom and Baby Facebook. Join the #Heart4MaternalHealth movement by sharing a photo or video with your hand placed over your belly button in the shape of a heart and encouraging your followers to participate in this powerful campaign.