Feb 182015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Kayleigh, having a safe birth was one of the first thoughts that entered my mind.  There was a hospital 10 minutes from where I lived, but I wasn’t just satisfied with that.  I wanted to make sure that I was doing what was best for myself and my baby, so I started to research the different options available to me.

After watching several documentaries and reading as much information as I could find on childbirth, I knew that I wanted to have a natural (unmedicated) birth with a midwife. 

While researching, I found a hospital 45 minutes from where I lived, that had a birthing center inside of it, and that was staffed by 5 midwives.  I was so excited to find exactly what I was looking for.

My whole pregnancy experience with Kayleigh was just absolutely amazing, thanks to the midwives and their wonderful nursing staff.  From the very first appointment, to the delivery of my daughter after a 24 hour natural labor, with 2.5 hours of pushing, I can honestly say that it was the best experience I could have ever dreamed of having.  I felt so safe and secure the entire time, knowing that I was being treated by some very knowledgeable women, and that if anything at all should go wrong at any time, I could be transferred over to the hospital section and taken care of. 

I am now 38 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I have been going to the same birthing center during this pregnancy.   I’m a bit overweight this time around, so I am being monitored pretty closely, with extra ultrasounds to check on baby’s growth, extra glucose tests to make sure I don’t develop gestational diabetes, and monitoring to make sure my blood pressure stays in the normal range.

I feel so lucky and privileged to be taken care of this much during my pregnancy.  My midwives really care about my health and the health of my baby, and do everything possible to make sure we are safe at all times.  They actually schedule 30 minutes at the end of each appointment, just so that I can feel free to talk to them about anything at all, without feeling rushed.  The support I receive from them is truly amazing.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a country where quality healthcare is difficult to find, or hard to afford.  Did you know that 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth?  Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries.  That just saddens me so much.  Every pregnant woman should have access to quality healthcare to ensure that she has a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

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I was really happy to recently hear about Kangu, which is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Kangu’s crowdfunding platform is designed to help put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths by enabling donors to support life-saving health services for pregnant women – mamas – and their babies in need, globally.  Isn’t that great?!

At Kangu, anyone – anywhere – can search profiles of pregnant women in need and contribute towards eliminating the financial barrier for a specific woman to access high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local medical partners, are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%!

When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be really scary.  It helped me so much to have midwives to talk to and ask any questions I might have.  I can’t imagine not having that kind of support during one of the happiest times in my life.  Making a donation to Kangu is something I can easily do to help another woman to receive quality healthcare and support during her pregnancy. 

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You can make a donation to a Kangu Mom of your choice by visiting www.kangu.org

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Influence Central is also hosting a for Kangu through which you can enter to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on your behalf.

The contest runs from February 10, 2015 through March 2, 2015.  You can enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media amplification tool below.

You can also follow Kangu on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news.

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