Maternity Worldwide and Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Still trying to think of a last minute gift for that person on your list who has everything?  Instead of hitting the crowded mall, why not save a life instead?  You can with a just a click of your mouse and it’s certainly not too late.

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Did you know that 800 mothers die each day while giving birth?  800.  Think about that number.  800 hopeful, nervous women who long to hold their precious gifts will not live to do so.

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Maternity Worldwide wants to change this staggering statistic.  And you can help them do it this year by simply purchasing a  ‘Save a Life This Christmas’, their alternative Christmas gift of a Safe Birth Certificate for $24 and $81 for an emergency delivery for a mother in sub Saharan Africa

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The Statistics:

Having a baby should be a time of great joy and hope. But every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s one mother dying every 2 minutes, 800 each day. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. These women do not need to suffer and die; most lives could be saved relatively easily and cheaply.

  • 162,000 deaths in childbirth occur in sub Saharan Africa, that’s 56% of the total.
  • Women and girls living in poor countries face a much greater risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth then those living in wealthy countries. 99% of deaths take place in developing countries.
  • The maternal mortality ratio (that is the number of women dying per 100,000 live births) is 240 in developing countries compared with 16 in developed countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa the maternal mortality ratio is 500 per 100,000 live births.
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 150 in developing countries compared to 1 in 3800 in developed countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth risk rises to 1 in 39. This compares with a risk of just 1 in 4600 for mothers living in the UK.
  • Poorer women, particularly those living in rural areas with poor access to health services are far more likely to die in childbirth than those who are wealthier or who live in urban areas.

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But there is hope.  In fact, there’s a solution that you can be a part of today.

By ordering a Safe Birth Certificate you will enable a mother in a developing country to safely give birth to her baby.  Long after the bubble bath has been used and the Christmas hampers have been eaten you will have given a lasting gift which will save a mother’s life and enable her baby to grow up with their mum.

A Safe Birth Certificate can be personalised with your own message and either sent directly to the recipient or to you to give to them. Order one here today: http://www.maternityworldwide.org/news/save-a-life-this-christmas

(Maternity Worldwide’s website is British so the amounts are in pounds. When you give, it will automatically change to dollars upon checkout.)

So what are you waiting for? Give the best gift under the tree–a chance to save a life.

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globalteamI wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

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Gifts that Give Back (and a giveaway for you!)

Contest Closed:  The winner is commenter number 23, Danielle!  Thanks for playing along, and congratulations!

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for any length of time, you probably already know that I love products that do good.  I’ve always been a fan of fair trade items as well as items that support charity. So this holiday season, I’ve come up with a list of gifts you can feel good about giving to the loved ones in your life.  These are gifts that truly give twice.

Gifts that GiveHere’s how you can shop with purpose this year (clockwise from top):

1. The scarf above is from a company I support, Trades of Hope.  Trades of Hope empowers women out of poverty by selling their fair trade crafts. You can shop for this scarf and other great fair trade items here.

2. These darling shoes are made by a company called Sole Rebels, who sell fair trade shoes that are hand made in Ethiopia. You can purchase these and tons of other great shoes by visiting their online store.

3.  Shot@Life is a campaign that aims to provide childhood vaccines to the millions of children around the globe who desperately need them.  By purchasing this water bottle from their online store, you are helping them accomplish their goal.

4. This hand made change purse is hand crafted  by women in Kenya.  The sale of these hand made items provides not only income to the families of these women, but supports the education of their special needs children!!  You can purchase these here.

5. Coffee!  Who doesn’t need an extra cup of coffee?  It will taste even more delicious knowing that it provides clean water to those in Africa.  100% of the net proceeds from Three Avocados coffee provide clean water in Uganda.  Purchase your coffee that does good here.

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Want to win the beautiful Trades of Hope scarf pictured above?  I have one to give away to a lucky reader!  All you have to do is….

1. You must leave a comment on this post telling me if you would ever purchase any of the items above to give as gifts.  That’s it!

2. For one extra entry, you can tweet about this giveaway (here’s something you can copy and paste):

Gifts that Do Good and a Giveaway! Enter today to win. @hikemama @CTCKENYA @nonprofitcoffee @soleRebels @ShotAtLife http://wp.me/phD5i-2jo

3. For one extra entry, go “like” my Trades of Hope facebook page (or tell me if you already do.)

Make sure you leave a comment for each of the above.  Giveaway will close December 12th.  Good luck!

Give Hope This Year: Buy Fair Trade Gifts

This year, skip the Black Friday crowds and stores.  Instead, shop with purpose this holiday season by purchasing handmade, fair trade gifts.  These gifts truly give twice.  You see, each purchase helps  women in developing nations obtain economic stability. Be a part of helping women out of slums, sweat shops, the sex trade and extreme poverty by buying their Fair Trade products. These are products with a purpose!

I’m so excited to be partnering with Trades of Hope to help sell these amazing, handmade items from around the globe.

 

Each artisan has a story to tell of hardship, adversity and hope:

Helping women looks good on you.  Choose to give hope this year.  To read more artisan stories and to learn more about Trades of Hope including how to shop, go to my Trades of Hope site.