All Mothers Should Have a Safe Pregnancy and Birth #KanguMama #IC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Do you remember when you gave birth to your children? How about your pregnancy? With Mary, my pregnancy started out rough. I was very sick and was actually loosing weight with her in the beginning. The half way mark in my pregnancy I could finally keep some food down, but near the end I got HELLP syndrome which is life threatening. I was put on bedrest because I couldn't even walk somewhere without my feet swelling. And when I eventually had Mary, it was an emergency C-section because I almost died. 

Giving birth is supposed to be a natural and special thing but sometimes it's not for all moms to be. Sometimes it can be very scary and also life threatening. I believe that all women should have the benefit of a safe pregnancy and birth. And that's why I support Kangu

Kangu is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Kangu’s crowdfunding platform is designed to help put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths by enabling donors to support life-saving health services for pregnant women – mamas – and their babies in need, globally. Every day, 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.

One scary thought is that before I went into surgery to have Mary, the doctor told me they only had about 20 minutes before I would die if I didn't have Mary. I came out safe because I was in an amazing hospital in the US. But  if I would have been in a developing country, I would have left Mary motherless. That's really something that has crossed my mind a lot. There is no way to know if your pregnancy will go as planned no matter who you are.

On Kangu you can help a pregnant mom in need for as little as $10. In developing countries, having children is a lot less expensive. Mary's birth was well over $20,000 because I stayed in the hospital for a week after having her.

If you want to help a mom in need, I encourage you to check out Kangu. Also enter below for a chance to win one of 5 $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu mom! The contest ends February 25th so make sure to enter soon!