Following on from my post about the Save The Children Build It For Babies and supporting Blog It For Babies campaigns, I wanted to share / re-share my birthing experience with you. This is something that the team at Save The Children suggested as a blogging activity to all us mummies who attended the Creating Connections Save The Children Blogger and Vlogger Conference yesterday.
I wrote the post below not long after I started blogging on mother.wife.me. It was in response to a BritMums Blog Prompt… “What are you grateful for?”
I still feel very raw from the experience I had. But reading this post back today, with the knowledge I gained yesterday about what women in countries like Bangladesh and Rwanda have to deal with, I can appreciate how lucky I am, inspite of everything that happened to the now Tinkerous Toddler and me, that we live in the Western World.
In short, if what had happened to us here had happened to us in Bangladesh or many other countries around the world, neither of us would be here now. We would both have died. Our lives would have been over. The Tinkerous Toddler’s before she even had a chance to start her life.
Build It For Babies is a fantastic campaign that aims to raise £1 million o build 7 life-saving clinics in some of the poorest and remotest areas of Bangladesh – Baniachong and Ajmeriganj in the north-east of the country. Along with the other bloggers that attended the conference yesterday, I am going to be doing everything I can to support this campaign.
So, here’s the post I mentioned. Take a read and then take a look at the action suggestions if you feel inspired to take part in raising funds for this cause…
BritMums Blog Prompt: What I’m Grateful For
The first thing that comes to my mind is how absolutely thankful and grateful I am that my precious daughter didn’t die as she was born. She came close, very close. So close that when she came out, she didn’t look like she had made it. She was porcelain white and floppy, oh so floppy. The doctor momentarily put her onto my stomach, but before I could touch her, she was gone again.
I didn’t really register what was happening. After four days of induced labour, suddenly everything was too, too quick. Too quick for my brain to process and my heart to accept.
My daughter was surrounded by Neo-Natal experts, I couldn’t see her. All I could see was my husband’s face slowly dropping and crumpling. I kept waiting for them to wrap her and give her back to me. But they didn’t. They took her away in an incubator. They allowed us both a brief kiss, my first chance to properly touch her. They asked us her name. Then, she was gone.
I begged and I prayed. I begged the doctors, I begged the nurses. I pleaded with anyone within earshot not to let her die. I begged the auxiliary worker, who asked me to complete a questionnaire on how satisfactory my hospital experience had been, to leave me alone. It was a long night.
By morning, we knew she had a fighting chance and slowly, slowly over the next few days, our feisty little daughter won her battle.
We are getting on towards two years from the day she was born. I rue the fact that time moves so quickly, she is growing and changing so fast. But then I stop and give thanks, that she has been given the chance to grow and change. And I give thanks that we are her very lucky parents.
So there you have it. That was my birthing story. If it has got you thinking and you would like to do something to help Save The Children Build It For Babies, the most straight-forward thing you can do is send a text:
Text BRICK to 70008 to donate £5
You can also go to Save The Children Blog It For Babies to find out about other ways to get involved and raise funds.
If you are a fellow blogger and you want to get involved, why not join in with Mammasaurus’ Blog It For Babies campaign in support of Save The Children Build It For Babies. The Ubber Mamma herself will be travelling the country, rallying the blogging troupes to raise awareness and funds in both the digital world and the real world.
Or perhaps you would like to share your birthing story and use it as a way to draw attention to the Save The Children Build It For Babies campaign.
At the very least, get shouting about the Save The Children Blog It For Babies campaign by letting everyone in your social media network know how important this campaign is.