Monday, 19 September 2011

Help Save the Children

On Saturday 17th September 2011 a group of bloggers was invited to attend the Save the Children Bloggers Conference, those bloggers have come back armed with words and pictures as their ammunition and they're aiming at us to do something about targeting a very serious problem: the lack of health workers in developing countries.

You know how we complain about the NHS on a regular basis? How we wish we could be seen now, as opposed to later on in the day or tomorrow? How mothers have regular check-ups during their pregnancies and give birth in a choice of clean facilities or their own comfy home? Ok, sometimes in the car on the way to the hospital but you get where I'm going. Our newborn babies are weighed, have hearing tests, access to vaccinations to prevent certain diseases... Well, there are mothers out there right now living and breathing the same planet Earth air as us who don't even know what healthcare is, that their children don't have to die, that a little help and 30 seconds from 60,000 of us would help solve the healthcare of millions of people.

To help in this cause two fabulous bloggers helloitsgemma and michelletwinmum want to get 100 bloggers linked up before Tuesday. This is what you need to do:

1. Sign the petition, it only takes 30 seconds.

2. Complete the challenge set by Hello it's Gemma and Mummy from the heart (Michelle Twin Mum as per her Twitter alias), it's easy you just need to write 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life and link up to @michelletwinmum here. Add a link to the petition and either link or add in some information from Save the Children about the #Healthworkers campaign

3. Link to a number of other bloggers/ vloggers and ask them to do the same.

4. Share the petition by any means you can think of to help Save the Children reach their target.

My 100 words, ok a bit over that...

I was quite disappointed when my midwife left my health centre mid-pregnancy but then I met Jan, the woman who during my 3 day labour made a point of coming to see me in hospital, who days later spotted my lack of milk and, despite being extremely pro-breastfeeding, gave me the choice of giving my baby formula, confessing a few days later that had I said "no" she would have had to take her to hospital. The woman who that very same day, a Friday evening, produced an steriliser and syringes to feed LittleT and had mobilised my husband to go buy more formula. She did everything in her hands to support me, she never judged me or our decision to formula feed exclusively two weeks later because it was the right thing for our family. Blonde, blue eyes, eagle-eyed, forceful, gentle and straighforward...that is Jan.

During my struggle with breastfeeding I kept thinking, malnourished women in Africa manage to do it, why don't I manage to produce milk? I admire these women and I can't even begin to imagine what it feels like to lose a child and, worst of all, in many cases these children's deaths are preventable. These innocent souls didn't choose to be born where they did.

I'm asking the following bloggers to help spread the word. If you haven't already done so, you'll find all the instructions above and here:

Jennifer's Little World
Mummy, Daddy and me makes three
The Secluded Tea Party
Mummy Misfit
White Lily Green
Amy Accountant
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