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Give The Gift Of Good Birth

I don’t normally do things like this. I’m not rich and though at times I consider myself a very real New York housewife, I don’t attend Real Housewives-style charities and galas.

But I care deeply about maternity care in this country and honestly I don’t know how we’re going to make positive change without women rising up and, in part, funding that change. Or at least funding the megaphone that will broadcast what change we need!

This year when Planned Parenthood came under attack I went online and signed up for an auto-donation of $10 a month. That’s like two lattes a month! And it goes towards helping countless women with pap smears, birth control and check-ups.  Today I went online and did the same thing at Childbirth Connection, an organization dedicated to improving maternity care.

I encourage you to do the same. (Two lattes!)

This organization is the real deal: The mission “is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.”

In a letter to friends, family and those passionate about women’s health, Director of Programs, midwife and Yale University professor Amy Romano writes, “With a year+ under my belt, I have never been more optimistic about the future of maternity care. I feel strongly that we have reached a tipping point and that forces are aligning to begin to realize the changes that we have all been so desperate to see, and Childbirth Connection is well poised to take  advantage of unprecedented opportunities to make change. That said, we have also never been in a more precarious financial position. The economy has hit all nonprofits hard, and we are no exception. While maternity care is on the national agenda finally, it is still a huge struggle to get funders to see the importance of funding maternity care improvement work. People often assume that we have the impact we do because we have plenty of resources. We simply don’t. We do our work on a shoestring budget, and engage partners whenever we can to increase our impact.”

Go here and make a small (or large) donation today! Or maybe make a donation on behalf of your sister or best friend and make that your holiday gift this year.

(Two lattes.)

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