Crowdfunding Blog: Delivering Healthy Babies and Reducing Maternal Mortality

Every two minutes 60 women die giving birth. For the cost of lunch, you can save a life. Birthing Project USA has been working tirelessly to provide women access to safe birth supplies. They need your help to get clean birth kits to women in Malawi.

That’s why we’re pleased to partner with Birthing Project USA while launching our new crowdfunding platform, Level Giving, with a goal to reduce infant mortality and increase maternal health worldwide through the use of clean birth kits. 

Great strides have been made in reducing maternal mortality globally. According to UNICEF, the maternal mortality ratio declined by an impressive 44 percent between 1990 and 2015, which is great news. But the fact remains that 216 out of every 100,000 mothers still dies in child birth. And research shows that the large majority of these women could have been saved with the proper care. Maternal mortality is an issue of access.

One country where the rates remain alarmingly high is Malawi. In 1990, 957 maternal deaths out of every 100,000 were reported and this number has since fallen to 634 per 100,000 births. This is much higher than the global average and it’s also significantly higher than the regional average in Sub-Saharan Africa of 546 per 100,000 births. Pregnant women in Malawi face the very real prospect of dying to birth their children.

US-based nonprofit Birthing Project USA (BPUSA) is working to drastically change these numbers. Founded in 1988 by visionary Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, BPUSA is a grassroots maternal-child health movement working to improve maternal outcomes for women of color. They have a vision that women have the freedom to define themselves, birth their babies, and live their healthiest lives.

To date they have helped bring more than 10,000 babies safely into the world. In Malawi they work closely with their local staff to distribute birthing kits to under-resourced communities. The impetus behind distributing clean birth kits is not only the alarmingly high rate of maternal mortality in Malawi, but also the factors that lead to it. Safe hospitals are not always accessible and many mothers in rural areas will often walk miles to access health services while they are pregnant and also while they’re in labor. BPUSA distributes the birth kits directly within communities so that mothers don’t have to worry about giving birth on the side of the road on their way to a health facility.

‘We underestimate the impact of stress and strain and worry and fear on moms and that’s one of the things these birth kits alleviate.’

Leseliey Rose Welch, Executive Director of Birthing Project USA

BPUSA has partnered with an innovative humanitarian supplier, ayzh, to distribute clean birth kits to pregnant women. The ayzh clean birth kits contain six simple yet highly effective items that save lives during child birth: sterile gloves, surgical blade, underpad, an umbilical cord clamp, soap, and a pouch to carry the contents. That’s all it takes to save a life. For the price of a fancy coffee, we can save mother’s lives around the world.

When asked why this issue is of particular importance Leseliey Rose Welch, Executive Director of BPUSA is clear on what drives her:

‘This is particularly important because every 2 minutes, 60 women die giving birth in our world due to lack of access to safe birth supplies. And women losing their lives in child birth means that there are children entering the world without the love, nurture, and care that a mother provides. And no mom deserves to lose her life in child birth especially when something a simple as a safe birth kit in some parts of the world can prevent it.’

You can help save lives today and keep mother’s alive by participating in BPUSA’s campaign on Level Giving. Click here to take part.

Listen to the 22 Lightbulbs podcast with Leseliey Rose Welch, Executive Director, Birthing Project USA here.

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