Save the Children Campaign: No Child Born to Die – Sign NOW (this morning!)
As I’ve mentioned in my first ever blog post, my birth experience with my daughter was not what I wanted it to be. I’d spent months doing pregnancy yoga, attending hypno-birthing classes and listening to the hypno-birthing tracks on my iPod. My aim was to be in one of the local hospital’s Birth Centre rooms, with dim lights, in a birth pool, ‘breathing the baby down’. Sounds very hippy, but it’s what I wanted.
Instead, because my waters had broken on the Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I was given until Thursday evening to be in full blown labour, or I was going to have to be induced for fear of infection. Although I was having contractions, they weren’t strong of regular enough, so I was induced. What followed was a long, exhausting labour, with epidurals not properly working, low blood pressure alerts, a syntocinon drip and finally pushing that baby out with every ounce of effort I could muster!
But throughout the whole experience, never once (well maybe just one 5 second self-indulgent moment) did I ever feel scared or in danger. I had such an expert team of health-care professionals around me – from the two midwives (yes, I was in labour so long, we had shift-change), to the obstetrician (who brought us back from the brink of a possible emergency caesarean section), to the anaesthetist, to the junior doctor (who’s first delivery I was). Every single person had mine and my daughter’s best interests and health at the forefront of their minds. And I can’t thank them enough.
And in the two years since the birth of my daughter, I have visited the doctors and A&E more times that I had ever done in my whole life. Not only when she or I are sick, but for preventive vaccines (only one more to go before she starts school!) which will help her stay healthy and fight dangerous diseases. We are truly privileged to live in a country where her chance of survival into very old age is so high. And I guess on a day to day basis, we take this as granted. It’s all we’ve known.
Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children survive. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed and no oman can be given expert care during childbirth. But the massive shortfall of health workers in some of the poorest countries is hitting the most vulnerable children and families the hardest. Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives. Many die because their mothers have to give birth alone. Many are dying from causes we know how to prevent or treat, such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, simply because they can’t get the treatment they need. That’s why lots more doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers are needed in the poorest countries. We can stop millions of children dying. No child should die simply because they are too poor to see a doctor or nurse.
Now is the time for action.
Please spare a few moments of your time to sign the petition and end the health worker crisis.
This afternoon, Chris Mosler (@ChristineMosler) will attend the UN General Assembly in New York. She is going there with Liz Scarff on behalf of Save the Children to pressure David Cameron to play his full part in solving the health worker crisis. There is a target of 60,000 signatures on the petition. At the moment that petition sits at 42, 759. Can we change that in the next few hours? Sure we can!
SHE NEEDS 60,000 by this afternoon. Lets Help her get that and more!!!
Sign the petition – SIGN RIGHT HERE!