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.
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.
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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.