Monday, February 08, 2016

Helping Pregnant Women in Impoverished Regions

In the United States, there’s an organisation called the Nurse-Family Partnership that works with families all over the country and its territories to empower mothers in poverty.
With the use of evidence-based home visiting from nurses, they remind us how children everywhere need all the protection and support that they can get. A lot of the time, donors look to fund programs that support kids through regular child sponsorships, but they aren't the only vulnerable demographics in the world. First-time mothers, especially those living in impoverished regions, need as much attention as expecting mothers in developed countries - if not more.
There are plenty of medical foundations and charities that aim to reduce the rates of stillbirths all over the world, but enough isn't being done to give them the strength to persevere through pregnancy and transition smoothly into motherhood.
Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya, one of the founders of Action for Stillbirth Awareness and Prevention Coalition, shared that, "there's a lot of conversation around stillbirth — improving outcomes, prevention, the bereavement component — but no one really ever talks about how we can empower women."
When a woman finds out that she's expecting, everything completely changes, and suddenly she's not only thinking about herself, but also about the life that she created. Empowerment manifests in various ways throughout pregnancy, as she cares for her body, and lets others help her as well, whether that be through direct medical help or indirectly via donations to health care initiatives. The Benevolent Society of NSW was the pioneer in social services for women and children in Australia, building the nation's first maternity care hospital and antenatal clinic almost 200 years ago.
Without this group, medical breakthroughs like the country's first ever reliable pregnancy test and introduction of ultrasound wouldn't have been possible. Their mission is to break the cycle of the disadvantaged in Australia, including low-income expectant mothers. Today, companies like Huggies persistently support projects that follow the objectives of the Benevolent Society, aiding nonprofits like the Child & Family Health Nurses Association (NSW) and Childbirth and Parents Educators Australia.
As mothers, we understand how heartbreaking and terribly difficult it would be if an at-risk mum didn’t have access to proper care and support. No mother should ever have to face such struggle and discouragement, and to keep the empowerment and beauty of motherhood alive, we must give help, from one expectant mother to the next.


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