Help me, help women and babies in Africa

$900 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 55 months
Heather Forbes  PORTLAND, OR


Midwives play crucial role in reducing deaths during childbirth

Every year 358,000 women and 3.6 million newborn babies die due to largely preventable complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. In addition, every year, nearly 3 million babies are stillborn. Most of these deaths occur in low-income countries and happen because women "“ often poor and marginalized "“ have no access to functioning health facilities or to qualified health professionals, notably midwives and others with midwifery skills.  "“World Health Organization


It has been a long time dream of mine to travel abroad, and offer assistance to communities in need.  I'm going to Mboro, Senegal in November 2012, with The African Birth Collective.  I will be there for four weeks, assisting women prenatally, during labor, and during the postpartum period.  My intention is to be of service to these women, and learn from them and their culture.  As well as, offer some of the knowledge I have gained throughout my midwifery studies.    
  

I first discovered my passion for midwifery in 2004.  My studies officially began in the spring of 2007, at Birthingway College of Midwifery.  I'm in the final phases of completing my Bachelors of Science in Midwifery.  I'm feeling ready for the next step, fulfilling my international midwifery dreams!
 
What will your donations go towards?
The donations received will go towards the cost of my tuition ($3,500). Tuition covers my plane ticket, room/board, and some supplies.  I will also be gathering additional supplies, as there is always a great need for them.  Supplies needed: gloves, baby hats, newborn clothes, blankets, socks, basic instruments, suture material, medications and herbal remedies.        

Thank you in advance for considering donating to the safe care of mothers and babies in Africa!  I believe every mother/family deserves the option of quality, loving, respectful care.


If you would like to learn more about the organization I'll be volunteering for visit, http://www.africanbirthcollective.org/.


If you wish to donate to me privately, contact me at http://heather.sacredroots@gmail.com.

 

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Update 12
Posted by Heather Forbes
50 months ago
I'm trying to figure out how to get all of these lovely donations under the weight limit for checked bags. I'll be packing more donations with me than personal belongings, and that feels great! I can't believe I'll be leaving so soon!!
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Update 11
Posted by Heather Forbes
51 months ago
Wow, the time is flying by! I can't believe I'll be leaving the country so soon. It will be my first international trip. I'm both excited and nervous.

Donations have been coming in nicely and I almost have everything ready to go. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my journey! It really is such a blessing! I'll keep you all posted.

~Bless
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Update 10
Posted by Heather Forbes
53 months ago
I'm super excited. One of my friends just sent me a nice size box of newborn onesies. I can start putting together my mama/baby packages now.
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Update 9
Posted by Heather Forbes
54 months ago
Here is an article in Midwifery Today, about a woman who traveled to Mboro, with the African Birth Collective. It gives me a little insight about the journey ahead of me.

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/africa_journey.asp
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$900 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 55 months
Created May 17, 2012
TG
$15
Toni Turnbull Green
50 months ago
JE
$50
Jerod Edington
50 months ago
MG
$25
Mishal Garofano
51 months ago
JH
$50
Jared Hines
51 months ago
VG
$10
Virginia G.
51 months ago

Best wishes on your journey! You're amazing!

AH
$25
Amanda Haworth
52 months ago
CS
$50
Carol Sipes
52 months ago

Way to Go Heather! Keep us posted on how it goes!

SR
$15
Stanton Reynolds
53 months ago

You Go on and live the dream...

RB
$10
Roy Barnes
53 months ago

:-)

KG
$25
kim guelig
53 months ago

What an amazing experience this will be for you. Please remind me again once I start working and will donate again. You are changing birth and the outcome of these women. Thank you!

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