This little girl deeply loves to love. With no siblings. Few friends. This little one has created a world where she is the one to care and love on each of her little babies. And when all is calm in our home, I'll take a peek in her room and often find her rocking each of her little babies, whispering love words (usually in the form of jibber jabber), and caressing their heads, soothing whatever fuss they may have.
She is sweet to them. Gentle to them. And genuinely loves them.
And one day. One possible day, this little one of mine will grow to be older and birth one of her owns, and my visions and hopes for that day involve a happy soon-to-be-grandma, one wildly nervous soon-to-be-dad, one calm anxious mama-to-be (sure grandma, dream on), and one giddy as a school girl soon-to-be-grandpa. And the thought of losing my daughter during birth doesn't even cross my mind.
We have something here in our developed country that involves many safe and healthy options for birthing. Death during birth is a not so common story, although some have indeed endured that road.
And there are some countries, some like Papua New Guinea where the rate of maternal death is 1 in 7. And because of that, there are people who's heart are dedicated to reaching out to them and one of them, I happy to virtually know.
Adriel, at The Mommyhood Memos put together a successful virtual outreach last year inviting bloggers to join along in a project her Volunteer Organization was doing to help prevent maternal deaths during birth by providing Birth Kits. And she's doing it again this year!