Giving Back: Cuso International, Helping Mothers Around the World

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I had a lot of fear about childbirth from the moment I found out I was pregnant with Miss M. When the time finally came, I discovered that, unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded.

Her birth was a very long, traumatic ordeal with several touch-and-go moments. Right after she was born, she started having significant breathing problems and ended up being whisked to the NICU.

Now, because of the care she received during my labour and delivery, and in the NICU post-birth, she's a happy and healthy six year old.

I am grateful every day that we live in Halifax (and Canada as a whole) with our fortunate access to amazing doctors, midwives and other health professionals. Without it, I don't know that Miss M, and countless other babies, would be with us today. 

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Other mamas around the world are not as lucky as us.

In countries like Ethiopia, that isn’t always the case. In Pawe, a small community in rural Ethiopia, mothers like Abeba have their babies in health centres that aren’t equipped for unexpected circumstances. Simple challenges that seem like a small hiccup in the labour process here can lead to tragedy. The health professionals don’t always have specialized training, and infection and life threating complications are common.
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I recently learned about Cuso International, a charity that sends trained Canadian medical volunteers around the world to make pregnancy and delivery safer for moms with their Maternal Health program. They train the local health care workers so that they can recognize danger signs earlier and be able to treat the moms and babies quicker, and deliver their babies safely.

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Jennica, a midwife from BC, volunteered to live in Pawe to help share her skills and knowledge with the doctors and midwives at Pawe Health Centre. She worked with the doctors and midwives to use monitors to help identify babies in distress. Digital monitoring is so common place here, you’d probably have a hard time finding someone who wasn’t monitored for at least part of her labour at the hospital. So, it’s easy to forget that this simple process can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost.
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Donations to Cuso International make it possible to send volunteers like Jennica to help pregnant moms and newborns in places where her help can make the difference between life and death. It's such an incredible gift.

You can help too by donating to the Cuso CAN Fund.

The Cuso CAN Fund was established to give you the chance to support Cuso International’s high priority maternal and child health projects in Ethiopia, Benin, Tanzania, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In all these places, pregnant and labouring moms need the kind of trained, compassionate care we had when delivering our children. You can help send Canadian medical volunteers into communities to save the lives of moms and babies.

For more information on Cuso International please go to their website here, donate to the Cuso CAN fund here, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow the hashtag #CusoCan for more about them.

This is a sponsored post as part of a partnership with Cuso International to help share the important and valuable work they do for moms and babies around the world. As always, all opinions are my own.