Last year I entered a new phase in my life. I took on a new role.
I became a mom.
It was wonderful and scary. The support I had from family, friends, and online resources made a big difference in how things went in the beginning for us.
Up until two days before my daughter was born, I worked with pregnant women who struggled with drugs and alcohol and any sense of stability. Some were homeless. I did my best to help them and they received priority for our program’s funding. I believe it is important to help women – all women – have access to basic needs to ensure they and their babies are healthy.
A lot of those women I worked with didn’t have prenatal care. Some didn’t want it while others couldn’t afford it. Some thought occasional ER visits while pregnant was sufficient medical care for their pregnancy.
I participated in some brainstorming sessions about how to reach out to them and how to get medical staff to refer these women to our program. This was not an easy issue to address.
While I no longer work there, I still feel passionately about women and babies have access to basic things such as health care. But some just need a supportive person to listen. However we can help can make an impact. This is why I joined the Million Moms Challenge.
The Million Moms Challenge brings together a coalition of more than a dozen world-class partners working around the globe to improve the lives of women and children. The Million Moms Challenge will focus on crucial issues that are a priority for all mothers, including access to proper nutrition to support healthy pregnancies, trained midwives to assist in safe deliveries, and vaccines that enable children to survive to their first birthdays and beyond. The Million Moms Challenge is sponsored in part by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Here, I offer my support for moms trying to breastfeed and cloth diaper. I’m no expert, but I am a good listener and I’m doing these myself.
Remember: You don’t have to be a mom to help a mom.