A Gift of Hope, Lynda Cheldelin Fell

No one ever says I want to grow up to write a book about grief. But life has a way of throwing us a curve ball, and then handing us a mitt. A few months ago I was invited to co-author a book featuring women from around the world who have all faced and endured a traumatic challenge. Our task was to write about our difficulty and then offer a lesson to help others who are facing the same challenge. It is touching for me to share with you that our book, The Missing Piece: A Transformational … [Read more...]

Celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2013 – May 5

International Day of the Midwife 2013 The growing success of the International Day of the Midwife continues in 2013 with the new, interactive website and social media pages as powerful platforms to campaign globally to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of mothers and children. What will be happening on IDM 2013? We are posting blogs on our website about midwives and their role in family planning and we will also have guest blogs from partner organizations. We are … [Read more...]

The Philippines – Teaming up to provide Maternal Care post floods

  NORTHERN MINDANAO, Philippines -- In the midst of the severe flooding brought on by tropical storm Washi, Analiza Tumanda was resigned to the idea of giving birth on the rooftop of a neighbour’s house. But as raging floodwaters started sweeping away houses along the banks of Cagayan River, Analiza, her husband and their three children (ages 8, 6 and 3) were forced to flee, moving from one rooftop to anotheralong with neighbours. Although she was in her ninth month of pregnancy, she … [Read more...]

Pregnancy & Childbirth, ‘Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby?’

Pregnancy & Childbirth Page Highlights: Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? What Are the HIV Risks of Pregnancy and Childbirth? Should I Get Tested for HIV If I am Pregnant? Should My Baby Be Tested for HIV? Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? Yes. HIV-positive mothers can transmit HIV to their babies. This is called “mother-to-child transmission.” (It is also called “perinatal" or "vertical transmission.”) An HIV-positive mother can transmit HIV to her baby in three … [Read more...]

Ethiopia Maternal Health during ‘worst drought’ in History

  Ethiopia WORST DROUGHT IN HISTORY   GODE, Ethiopia, September 2011 - For Halimo Faliid, 70, the arrival of baby Higad Mahad was bittersweet. In gaining a grandson she lost her daughter, a family tragedy that is still too common in the Horn of Africa, where the current drought is adding to the hardships of women and children. Halimo said that her daughter had given birth in their small village of Dhadafe in this dust filled and parched part of Ethiopia near the … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Should Be About Life — Not Death‏

In Canada, when a woman finds out she's pregnant, death is the last thing on her mind. She knows that doctors and hospitals with resources to help with any kind of complication are just a phone call away. But for more than 500,000 women every year, pregnancy becomes a death sentence. For most of these women, there is absolutely no medical reason they should die. This is the 21st century. We have the technologies to handle emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth. The fact that so many women … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Of One Accord

          The protesters at Cairo's Tahrir Square are Women     This morning I was surprised to hear on The Current, a CBC radio program that most of the protesters at Cairo's Tahrir Square are women. These women are showing courage. Egyptian women continue to play a crucial role in anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country ( http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=185259215).     Women are seen holding up signs, carrying children, chanting and waving flags.   They … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: No Honor in Murder

  THERE IS NO HONOR IN MURDER     I never knew that there was such a thing as "honor killing" until I learned about it from Equality Now about seven years ago. The term itself is an oxymoron. How can there be honor in killing? How could the family's honor be worth someone's life? I read of a seventeen year old Turkish woman who was murdered by her fifteen year old brother after she left the women's shelter where she had been staying. She had gone into the shelter to escape violence at home. … [Read more...]

Adele Butler – Women of Spirit: Singled Out

    Singled Out   A few years ago a friend and I were talking about single mothers and how they are treated in their respective churches. Members avoid them like the plague. It appears as if they have committed the worst sin imaginable-they had children out of wedlock. When Mary, the mother of Jesus became pregnant before she got married, Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. Fortunately, the Lord sorted everything out … [Read more...]

SUDAN – Motorbikes save Lives of Pregnant Women @ Swangin Bismarck.

Celebrating ! ... our Sisters in Sudan are finally getting the some of the support they deserve ....     Motorbike ambulances help fight maternal mortality in Southern Sudan   YAMBIO, Southern Sudan, December 2010 – Providing a fast, economical and efficient way to transport pregnant women to hospitals, the new E-Ranger motorbike ambulance - fitted with an attached sidecar bed in which a pregnant woman can sit comfortably - has become a veritable lifeline for Southern Sudan. UNICEF and the … [Read more...]

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