My Sweet Baby #SOWM

Pregnant again after 12 years and three miscarriages in between, I was fearful of losing this baby. Even after multiple sonograms, other medical tests and appointments with a specialist, it was impossible to think that I would deliver a healthy, sweet baby.

Lots of prayers and tears filled my days waiting to hold my baby in my arms. I followed every doctor’s order exactly. I didn’t carry anything heavy, clean the litter box, drink caffeine, or sleep on my right side. I’d suffer through migraines without medication. This baby’s good health was up to me.

Two weeks before by due date, I woke up knowing I was having my baby. For some unknown reason, my fears subsided. This was as it should be. Soon, my husband, daughter, mother and mother-in-law were with me as the pains worsened in Labor and Delivery. I needed love all around me. Hours later, shaking with pain, I pushed my sweet baby out.

Holding her against my chest, stroking her face and staring at my beautiful baby eased all of my fears. I loved her from when I first knew I was pregnant. Now, I loved her with all of my being. I bathed her in my tears of joy. I covered her with my protection. I fed her with affection.

During my pregnancy I was cared for by doctors who had the most up-to-date medical knowledge. Health insurance took care of the bills. I gave birth in a safe, sanitary hospital. All types of treatment were available for me and for my baby. We were blessed because of where we lived.

My Sweet Baby - First Moments of Life

This is 18-year-old Maria’s first child, a baby girl, name unknown. She is about one hour old. Copyright – Save Our Children

According to Save Our Children’s State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report, if I lived in Chad or Mali, for example, my sweet baby may have died during her first moments. The Birth Day Risk Index lists the safest and most dangerous countries for babies to be born. The sad statistic is that more than one million babies die the day they are born.

Save Our Children is working to care for women so they can have a safe pregnancy and delivery and so more babies live healthier and longer lives. Find out how you can help.

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As a member of the Global Team of 200, I am honored to share my personal opinion and information about Save Our Children  and the State of the World Mothers Report.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. We often don’t realize just how lucky we are to live in the US. Granted, things aren’t perfect. However, we don’t have to worry about many of these health situations we take for granted. I’m glad you are once again bringing this to people’s attention.
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    • Many of us don’t realize it, Lindsay. I did learn that the US is not in the top ten countries ranking for the best country to have a baby – pretty shocking.

  2. It doesn’t cost a lot to help those who need basic medical care. Thanks for highlighting another great cause.
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  3. Good medical care is important for all people. I am glad things worked out so well for you.

  4. WOW what great information you have here.
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