Tonight, I’m resharing Elijah and Marley’s birth stories for Global Team of 200 and our partnership with Save the Children. It seems a little silly that I would have preferred to have water births… at a birthing center instead of a hospital, when so many babies in other countries don’t have the technology and safe birthing quarters. Unfortunately, many babies don’t make it past their birth day in third world countries AND the U.S. (see infographic at the bottom of this post). My babies were born healthy with no complications and that’s all I could ever ask for.
Each year, Save the Children releases a report about the best and worst places to be a mother. The State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report is Save the Children’s signature annual publication, which compiles global statistics on the health of mothers and children, and uses them to produce rankings of nations within three groupings corresponding to varying levels of economic development. Each year there is a new feature or story angle added to the report. In 2013, the new feature is the Birth Day Risk Index which compares first-day death rates for babies in 186 countries to identify the safest and most dangerous places to be born.
How You Can Help
Four underutilized products costing between 13 cents and $6 each could save 1 million newborns a year—many on the first day of life. They are: resuscitation devices to help babies breathe; the antiseptic chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infections; injectable antibiotics to treat infections; and antenatal steroid injections to help preterm babies’ lungs develop. Through volunteer work or by making a donation, you can help save babies in high risk countries.