As the gift-giving season comes to a close, thoughts turn to the new year and new plans. Before we say goodbye to this year, consider closing out your 2017 planned giving to organizations that ethically support maternal-infant health globally, and in your own community. The organizations listed below are all non-profits and well deserving of your hard-earned dollars.
1. Lamaze International
The leading childbirth education organization in the US and internationally, this evidence-based organization provides resources for childbirth professionals and families alike. Your donation can go to support funding for international educators to attend a Lamaze conference in order to learn and network with colleagues and maternal-infant health experts. Lamaze International prepares professionals to support families by sharing exceptional childbirth education preparation techniques with those who support families worldwide.
2. Every Mother Counts
303,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications every year. That is one mother every two minutes. Every Mother Counts works on a global level to reduce this number and save maternal lives. 98% of these deaths are preventable. Give to Every Mother Counts and help women to survive their childbearing year.
3. March for Moms
The United States is seeing rising maternal mortality and morbidity from pregnancy and birth complications. The USA has the highest rate of maternal mortality amongst all developed nations. 50% of these deaths are preventable. Prenatal and postpartum mood disorders affect approximately one in five parents. Health inequities and disparities impact families of color disproportionately. One in ten babies is born too early. Maternal leave policies leave little space for adequate time with new babies and maternity health care access is unavailable, particularly in rural communities. March for Moms represents every parent who deserves better. Through lobby actions on the federal level, and calls to action for a united front in communities across the USA along with a national march in Washington DC, May 6th, 2018, March for Moms can use your financial support to request and lobby for improved care for all for mothers in America.
4. March of Dimes
Premature birth and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States. Babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce premature birth in the United States and to give every baby a fair chance for a healthy full-term birth. Yet this fair chance is not reality for all babies. The preterm birth rate rose to 9.8 percent in 2016, up 2 percent from 9.6 in 2015, marking the second consecutive increase after steady declines over the previous 7 years. The March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card reveals racial/ethnic and geographic disparities signifying that babies have a higher chance of a premature birth based simply on race/ethnicity and zip code. In 2017, the March of Dimes convened the Prematurity Campaign Collaborative to address the persistent health inequities and rising rate of preterm birth in the United States. Through the Collaborative, hundreds of organizations and experts work together on the shared challenge to “Achieve Equity and Demonstrated Improvements in Preterm Birth.” You can support the March of Dimes campaign by donating now.
5. Childbirth Connection (National Partnership for Women & Families)
Founded in 1918 as the Maternity Center Association, Childbirth Connection is now a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families which they joined in 2014. For nearly 100 years, Childbirth Connection has helped develop and advance many forms of care that are now critical components of the nation’s maternity care system. More recently, they launched a long-term program to promote evidence-based maternity care through policy and quality initiatives. They will continue working to improve and transform the nation’s maternity care system so that childbearing women and babies consistently receive high-quality, woman- and family-centered care. Childbirth Connection relies on your donations to help support these goals.
6. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Fistula Foundation does one thing and they do it well: treat obstetric fistula. Funding from generous donors allows them to provide their partners in the field with human and financial resources that enable as many women as possible to receive the treatment they need. Their partners are carefully vetted and every site funded is coordinated and staffed by local nurses, heroic doctors and care workers who understand the community and understand how to provide the best care possible to the women they treat. The need for fistula treatment is tremendous and this is a challenge the organization cannot face alone. Donating to the Fistula Foundation allows their reach to go even further so that they can treat more women in all corners of the world and help turn their life around with a fistula repair.
8. Midwives for Haiti