The What, Why, and ahem….How much

This post is a bit more pragmatic in its content than previous posts, one that will be asking for a response from the reader. It is an overview of the plan and purposes for my becoming a midwife. A bullet point format with an inquiry and invitation to each of you.

Though deciding how I might best intrigue you, dear reader, to continue on to the end of this post has been a bit of a challenge for me. After much deliberation I finally decided to look at my previous postings. My first post in 2011 seems to sum things  up and has stirred me yet again to remember what this all about.

I had my first of three children 26 years ago (now 28yrs). Although I am not sure that I knew midwives still existed then, I do know that pregnancy, labor, childbirth and motherhood itself forever changed me. It would be many years later before I could understand in my head what my heart knew to do. I had found a part of my life’s destiny.

So with no further ado, I give you,The What, Why, and, ahem…How Much’.

The What:

  • Become a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)
  • Work primarily in developing countries serving women and their children who are most at risk.

I am at the final phase of midwifery training and will be submitting my application to NARM (North American Registry of Midwifery). Once it is approved I will sit the exam either later this summer or early next year. The process of applying and testing is not cheap and so I am actively looking for individuals and groups to partner with me. Not only for this final phase but beyond that for the ongoing ministry to those women and children at risk.

The Why:

Women, their newborns and infants are at risk….

  • Maternal/Infant Mortality (death)
  • Maternal/Infant Morbidity (a diseased condition or state)

About 800 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. In 2010, 287,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.

The major complications that account for 80% of all maternal deaths are:

  1. severe bleeding (mostly bleeding after childbirth)
  2. infections (usually after childbirth)
  3. high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia)
  4. unsafe abortion.

Maternal health and newborn health are closely linked. More than three million newborn babies die every year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn.

Most maternal deaths are avoidable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known. All women need access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth. It is particularly important that all births are attended by skilled health professionals, as timely management and treatment can make the difference between life and death.

The WHO’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Fact sheet N°290
November 2012

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals that UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015.

The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000, commits world leaders to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women. The MDGs are derived from this Declaration. Each MDG has targets set for 2015 and indicators to monitor progress from 1990 levels. Several of these relate directly to health.

Millennium Development Goal 5: improve maternal health

Target 5.A. Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio

Target 5.B. Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health

How Much:

If you are now wondering how you can help women and infants that are the poorest of the poor, then I would ask you to consider partnering with me to do just that.

At this time I have two primary categories where there is financial need. The first being certification and licensure fees. The second, current monthly living expenses, in which I am in need of supplementation for at this time. Supply lists and needs for traveling and working overseas will be updated as needs arise. 

Estimated expenses for certification:

  • Application Fees                                            $1,100.00
  • Exam Fees                                                   $900.00
  • Study Retreat/Exam Prep                               $500.00
  • Travel Expenses                                           $1,000.00
    • Flight
    • Transportation
    • Food                                                      $3,500.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Current Monthly Living Expenses                       $700.00
    • Housing (room/board)
    • Phone
    • Gas
    • Auto Ins
    • Auto Maintenance
    • Personal Expenses
    • Life Ins                                                    $700.00                                                                                            

This video is a wonderful example of what skilled care can look like in the developing world. Together we can save lives.

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