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I have most recently been thinking a lot about women expecting children in high risk regions such as Darfur, Uganda, etc. I wonder if there is something that I might do. I just purchased four bags of beads from Paper to Pearls. These beads are made by a group of women in Uganda. I plan to make some necklaces and send the proceeds back to the organization. It is a start! (


Hi Elizabeth,

As you may know, a woman dies giving birth every minute of every day. A child dies every three seconds of every day. That's why I've just signed the Global Promise to Deliver Now for Women and Children.

The following is from their website:

Launched in New York on September 26, 2007, Deliver Now for Women and Children is a new advocacy drive to eliminate maternal and child deaths and improve the health of women and children around the world. More than 10 million women and children die every year. The overwhelming majority of these deaths can be prevented with greater access to basic health resources.

I'm glad that you introduced the topic to our community-- hopefully more will be inspired by your actions.


Cynthia Casas

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How epic...

Deliver Now is beautiful. Thanks for the tip. I signed the declaration and forwarded the link to all of the women in my address book. I will keep this site on the radar! You have a brilliant voice.

I'm 37 weeks pregnant and feel so fortunate because I have had an extremely healthy and happy pregnancy. Okay, so maybe I've been complaining a lot since week 32 or so!

I keep thinking about women in high risk situations and wonder what I can do to help as well. I just signed the Global Promise to Deliver Now for Women and Children that Cynthia posted. I've also thought about how I might be able to help women locally. Earlier in my pregnancy I thought how impactful it could be to pair someone like myself - 38, fairly well-established, confident in my decision to have a baby - with a young girl who is pregnant and probably scared and feeling alone. When I think of all the emotions and frights I've experienced and then imagine doing it at 14... 16... 18, I get overwhelmed just thinking about it! It'd be a like a Big Sister program for pregnant girls and women. Although, I never acted on this idea, I love the fact that I now have a forum to share it. Who knows where the idea might go from here?

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You should...

Well, maybe after you are settled with a healthy baby you could start a blog or meetup for women that want to help. Maybe a childrens agency could take on the idea. I think it would be extremely helpful. Congratulations. I hope everything goes really well for your family. :0)

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