This thing is happening…. I’m giving it the ‘old college try’ at any rate. For those of you that are either too young to understand that phrase or come from a geographic region where its usage is nonexistent, let me elaborate; Merriam Webster’s definition of the phrase; ‘old college try’: a zealous all-out effort.
The ‘thing’ I’m referring to is my going to the Philippines 2014/15 to help facilitate a fairly remote maternity clinic. You can read all about it in more detail in my previous post or watch the video below.
While I have many needs still to be met in terms of financial support I am continually working to fundraise. Making calls, emails, connections and even trying my hand at media making in an attempt to give people a better idea of what this is all about.
Midwives really do make a difference. The World Health Organization reports that 90% of the maternal deaths in underdeveloped countries are preventable with skilled birth attendants. There is a driving force within me to help women and infants. Many would say this is a good thing and even the right thing to do, but does it make a difference in the bigger picture? And are you really having an impact by helping midwives like myself go and work in other countries?
If the bigger picture is the ‘whole’, are not the sum of its parts (mothers and babes) worth caring for? In helping one woman or infant, we are actually impacting several generations in that moment. The mother is obviously impacted, the older generation that which has a great influence on the decision making process of a culture are also impacted, knowing that their daughters and granddaughters are being spared. As well, the youngest generation (boys and girls alike) have also been impacted. They now grow up with the understanding that the life of women and girls are to be valued equally. That indeed theirs is a life worth saving.
“Women are not dying of diseases we can’t treat. … They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving.” Mahmoud Fathalla, past president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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