I've had the privilege of giving birth to two children - one by emergency c-section and the other an all-natural VBAC.
Although incredibly different birth experiences, there were key things that both of my births had in common:
They happened in a clean and safe environment.
They were attended by skilled medical professionals.
I had access to emergency care if things were to go wrong.
I had control over many aspects of my birth experiences.
And--most importantly--I birthed two beautiful children, who are alive in my arms today.
You may look at that list and think, "yeah, sounds pretty standard".
For most of us, our biggest question leading up to birth is epidural or natural? Or perhaps vaginal or c-section?
But the fact is, millions of women in developing nations approach birth with a completely different set of concerns.
The question on their mind is life or death?
In rural Papua New Guinea the maternal death rate is 1 in 7 - a shocking and sad statistic.
But it's more than a statistic, it's women and their babies - precious, valuable, irreplaceable lives.
Bloggers for Birth Kits is working to put simple clean birth kits into the hands of these women. Although made up of very basic components, these kits are proven to help reduce the risk of infection, the leading cause of maternal mortality.
As Mothers Day approaches this year, why don't you consider helping these women in need? For more information on how to make your own kit (costing $2-3) or to donate for a kit to be made on your behalf, please visit Bloggers for Birth Kits.
Together we can make a huge impact, not just for these expectant moms and their babies, but for their entire families and communities.
It takes a village, friends, a global village.
Bio: Adriel Booker is an American mom living Down Under with her Aussie hubs and two little koalas - Levi (2) and Judah (7 months). She writes on motherhood and parenting at The Mommyhood Memos and on everything else at Click Clink Five.