No child born to die. 100 words

You’re doing really well, go with what your body is telling you. Everything is fine, it’s just a bit quick and baby’s heart rate has dropped. It’s been a bit of a shock for both of you. Just do what you feel is right. There, the head is out now, the cord is round baby’s neck, so I just need to sort that out. No, it’s fine, don’t panic. Here he is, he’s a bit tangled up and distressed. You did brilliantly. Once Daddy has cut the cord you can have him, give you both a chance to get over the shock. Here he is, hold him to your skin. Perfect.

I haven’t written about Nano Mck’s birth as I found it quite traumatic and scary, despite him being my second baby. Imagine how much more scary it would have been if I hadn’t been cared for by a brilliant, calm and capable midwife. If I’d had to do it alone.

Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children survive. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed and no woman can be given expert care during childbirth.

But the massive shortfall of health workers in some of the poorest countries is hitting the most vulnerable children and families the hardest.
Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives
My lovely blogging friend and all round inspirational lady, Chris is currently in New York with Save the Children at the UN General Assembly to put pressure on David Cameron to help solve the massive health worker crisis. 
Your signature can help. So, please, if you haven’t already done so sign the petition and do it NOW. Thank you.

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