Tag Archives: Childbirth

Give to Maternal Health Programs in Uganda

Our partner, Shanti Uganda, is helping women experience safe deliveries in a country where 310 women out of 100,000 live births die during childbirth.

Now that a new year has rolled around Shanti Uganda has embarked on new opportunities to give and help women have healthy babies and safe, clean births. You can donate to provide more solar power for their birth house, purchase an acre of land to expand their services, provide birth supplies and transport, as well as contribute to their Vancouver office.

Read more about how to donate and support Shanti Uganda.

The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe MotherhoodThe White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is an international coalition working to stop deaths during childbirth. They work in a number of countries including Uganda where they are looking to improve the national statistic of 1 in 49 chance of women dying during childbirth.

You can provide monthly or single donations to help keep women alive giving birth.

Life for Mothers

Life for MothersLife for Mothers seeks to identify, address, and prevent complications that arise during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum, ultimately decreasing maternal and infant mortality rates, according to the Life for Mothers web site.

The mission of Life for Mothers is to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa, by strengthening healthcare systems and developing, implementing, managing and funding integrated packages of essential services for maternal, newborn and child health at the district level.

You can donate via their Get Involved page.

Maternity Equality in Uganda: How You Can Help

ACTION: Become a Shanti Uganda Birth Partner. Why and how below.

As a mother who has given birth twice I feel a strong, overwhelming kinship with women all over the world who have or will also give birth even if I don’t know them nor will I ever. That global kinship makes me work harder to learn more about maternal health in developing countries and do what I can to improve the lives of women who face harrowing challenges to give birth.

Our partner, Shanti Uganda, is doing amazing things for expecting mothers in rural Uganda. For two years Shanti Uganda has provided antenatal and postnatal health care for poor women in the Luwero District of Uganda in the solar-powered Shanti Uganda Birth House. Without the help Shanti Uganda provides local women would have to deliver their babies at home or try to find their way to the closest health facility which could be several miles away. To date, 100 women have given birth at the Shanti Uganda birth house and 100%  of those women have walked out healthy and alive. In a country where 1 in 16 women die giving birth this is a phenomenal feat.

Not only is Shanti Uganda providing a safe, empowering environment for women to give birth,
but we are defying these statistics and creating a new norm for birthing women in Uganda. Of the over
100 women who have given birth at our centre in our almost two years of operation, 100% have left
healthy, happy and supported by our dedicated team of midwives.

– Shanti Uganda’s Founder & Executive Director Natalie Angell-Besseling


Today I am joining Shanti Uganda to blog for better birth outcomes; to spread the word about what we can all do to help reduce the high maternal mortality rates women in developing countries face.

One of the things you can do to help right now is become a Shanti Uganda Birth Partner. As a birth partner your donation helps fund births. You are touching real lives of expecting mothers and their babies. $100 a month supports the births of two babies. If that donation is too steep, $25 a month helps fund the birth of one baby every two months.

When you become a birth partner during the Birth Partner Push you will receive a necklace made from the women in the Shanti Uganda Women’s Income Generating Group. These paper bead necklaces are stunning. How do I know? Because I wear mine almost every day.

Help save the lives of mothers and babies. US dollars go a long way in Africa. A simple $25 donation will deliver one baby in two months. Become a Shanti Uganda Birth Partner!

New Partner: Maternity Worldwide

As maternal health is one of our core areas of concentration we are thrilled and excited to partner with Maternity Worldwide, an organization that works in partnership with local communities to increase access to high quality maternal health care.

Maternity Worldwide’s current programs are mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa where need is the greatest. Here the lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth is I in 39 compared with 1 in 3800 in developed countries like the UK and US.

Maternity Worldwide has a vision of a world in which all women and their babies are able to access safe and appropriate childbirth regardless of where they live. Please share our vision and help us to work towards the day when no woman or girl dies needlessly in childbirth.

Connect with our newest partner, Maternity Worldwide!

Website: www.maternityworldwide.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maternityww

Twitter: @maternityww

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/maternityworldwide1