Thursday, 19 May 2011

No child born to die

I'm 39 weeks pregnant today.  If this baby doesn't decide to make his own way into the world before then, they will break my waters for me on 8 June.  If that does nothing, I have been told they can't induce me (because of my previous c-section) so I will be going under the knife on 9 June.

Whatever happens I will, in three weeks' time, be a mum of four.

And there's nothing I can do about it.  It is going to happen. So I've got to that twingy, twitchy stage, where every niggle, whether it be in my pelvis or my patella, feels like a sign of labour. And where I'm starting to worry about all the stuff that can go wrong, all the stuff they can't scan for, all the stuff over which I have no control.  The stuff that might do awful things to my baby. Or to me.

But the thing is, I, and my baby, are so lucky.  He is going to be born (hopefully, unless it all happens very quickly), in a modern hospital with all the advantages of western medical care.   If I have to have a c-section it will be in a clean operating theatre, with modern anaesthetics and a highly trained surgeon.  I hope to breastfeed, as I have the others, but if I can't, the water I will use to make up his formula will be clean and germ free, and even then I have electricity and a kettle with which to make doubly sure.

His chances of survival at birth and in his first week are 992.4 in 1000.  His chances of getting to 1 are 995.5 in 1000.  His chances of getting to 14 are 99,988 in 100,000*.

This is not the case were he born elsewhere in the world.  Worldwide, 955 children in every 1000 reach their 1st birthday.  In Angola, only 720 children do.  That's 180 children in every thousand who don't make it to the age of one.

Every year, more than 8 million children under five die worldwide from diseases that we know how to treat or prevent, such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and measles.

How can we not be doing everything in our power to stop this?

In January, Save the Children launched its most ambitious campaign to date, No Child Born to Die.

Save The Children is focusing on the provision of vaccinations and healthcare workers to save those 8 million children. In June there is a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron and attended by other world leaders. Save The Children aims to make as much noise as possible to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries - to fully fund vaccines for every child in the world.

So why am I writing this? Because you can do a little bit to be part of this campaign.

Please sign the petition and consider joining in the crafty meme – :

1. Ask your child/children to draw a picture of themselves either now or in the future and add it to the blog hop below.  L did this picture at nursery.  I know because they've entered it (and presumably lots of others) for some national competition.  The only problem?  When I showed it to L (because, quite frankly, I thought it was much too good to be hers) she said "Oh no, I didn't do that.  The other L did".  So this might be L, or it might be the other L.   It's a good picture anyway.

2. Blog about it and include details of the campaign and the petition. But be quick! The petition closes on 29 May.

3. Tag 8 friends.

That's it.

Like Muddling Along Mummy, who tagged me, I know that tagging and memes can feel like one of those things you really don't have time to do (and I apologise here to anyone who's tagged me in the past and I haven't got round to doing anything about) but memes really can build awareness in a short space of time for important causes like this one.

No child is born to die.

And with that, I tag (and you may already have done it, in which case, apologies):

Pants with Names
Mum's Gone To
Motherhood and Anarchy
Notes to Self
Modern Dilemma

*All taken from the Office of National Statistics Statistical Bulletin Childhood, infant and perinatal mortality in England and Wales, 2009.   I can't say I enjoyed reading this, but it was sobering to compare it with the global...


  1. Thank you for passing it on - its a great cause

  2. Oh! Firstly - fingers and toes crossed for you over the coming week or 3!!!!! How exciting!

    secondly - what a shiver inducing post. Wow. You have written it beautifully and if this doesn't entice people to sign the petition, I don't know what will - actually Christ will have to work REALLY hard!!

    Thirdly - what a fab Picture - whoever drew it!! And how "honest of you" to admit it "May" not be your L's... Hilarious!!!!

    Thanks for joining in the meme!


  3. I have twice been back to this thinking "right must do it" and then it's "bugger forgot to ask daughter to do a picture" *sigh* I am the most unreliable tagget that ever lived in blogland. I will try honest. I still have grand plans to do my digitally remaster piece, how many years have i been saying that but every time I look at a picture, I still try to work out how I would do it!!!! :)

  4. Muddling Along - how could I not? As I said, seems terrifying relevant at the moment...

    Maggy - thank you and you're welcome. Thank you for getting this going.

    Kelloggsville - I'm so with you - if I hadn't happened to have that picture lying around it would probably have taken me weeks!

  5. ps also realised I forgot to say where I got my world stats from - I think it was Unicef, but now I can't find the right link. Sorry.

  6. Hello hello hello! You won one of the 5 Ikea Crafty kits (there was a draw!!!) Can you tweet me your address? @redtedart and we will get them out ASAP!

    Maggy x


I know. I'm sorry. I hate these word recognition, are you a robot, guff things too, but having just got rid of a large number of ungrammatical and poorly spelt adverts for all sorts of things I don't want, and especially don't want on my blog, I'm hoping that this will mean that only lovely people, of the actually a person variety, will comment.

So please do. Comments are great...