This past week we celebrated my daughter’s 23rd birthday. She’s my first, the one that made me a Mom. I remember when I was pregnant with her, my Dad refused to discuss my pregnancy. Surprisingly, since it was his first grandchild, he didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant or act excited about being a grandfather. He didn’t want updates, to speculate on the gender of the child, to hear about my weird cravings (I’d gone from vegetarian to rampant carnivore) or aches and pains. He said that when he held the child in his arms, and knew that we were both ok, well, that’s when he would get excited.
I think that he was having fairly normal anxiety, and since he was a little bit superstitious, it was too be expected. But a little surprising, since in Canada, access to health care and nutrition means that maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) tends towards more positive outcomes than in other parts of the world where maternal and child mortality rates are unacceptably high.
Did you know:
- each day more than 800 women world-wide die from pregnancy or childbirth related complications
- if babies don’t’ receive enough nutrition within the first 1,000 days of life, the brain does not develop properly (this is irreversible)
- in Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Rwanda, high rates of acute and chronic malnutrition of mothers and children under 5 combined with insufficient health care are the most significant causes of maternal and child mortality
How Can You Help?
This Mother’s Day, join ADRA Canada and stand up for —and raise awareness about— Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) through social media.
Join me in the Show your Heart for Maternal Health campaign. Show Your Heart for Maternal Health is designed to develop a deeper understanding of global MNCH in Canada and to drive active involvement of Canadians. Nearly all maternal and child deaths are preventable and by helping to improve MNCH, we can help save lives.
Just take a picture like this one (hopefully your hands will make a better heart than mine. While my heart is full of love, my fingers seem to make misshapen ones.
Share a photo or video with your hands placed over your belly button in the shape of a heart anytime during the month of May. Make sure to use the hashtag #Heart4MaternalHealth.
Show Your Heart for Maternal Health is part of ADRA Canada’s EMBRACE project – a four-year initiative, primarily funded by the Government of Canada.
Visit HeartForMaternalHealth.ca to follow ADRA Canada’s journey and learn more about the EMBRACE project.
In February 2016, 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.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries. ADRA invests in the potential of individuals through community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education. ADRA’s emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors.
While I was compensated for creating this post for you, I thank ADRA Canada for selecting me to share this information and for asking me to participate in the Show Your Heart Project.