I just read an article by writer Nicholas Kristof ( http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/opinion/05kristof.html ) that talks about women dying in Somalia due to lack of contraception and prenatal care. I went through a somewhat harrowing (at least for me) birth experience with my first child that ended up in emergency c-section. My surgeon literally said to me "you are one of those mother's who would have died without modern medicine." So this issue hits me particularly close to home. Thinking that had I had the-- misfortune, I supposed you call it, to have been born in a remote part of the world, I probably wouldn't be here now, and neither would my children.
That I live in a day and age where this is still happening is a bit strange to me. I have so many comforts, just tonight I was working on getting a nanny/housekeeper hired, that I find it almost embarrassing what I complain about when I read about the harsh realities of what these women/children are living through.
So in honor of my mother, my children and just women in general, I made a donation to the Friends of Edna (cite listed in the article linked above) which is a maternity/ teaching hospital in Somalia. I hope that anyone reading this will consider giving as well.
My baby is crying, so I guess that is all for now. I'm just happy to have the opportunity to be able to be here and take care of her. Please give to those who don't.