When we finally got the positive pregnancy tests (plural because I literally took 6 of them to be 100% sure!), my husband and I were over the moon!  

Getting to this special moment was no easy feat as I went through almost a year of fertility treatments and appointments before finally getting pregnant so you can imagine the jubilation.  

Shortly after the excitement, it was then that I became extremely nervous and quite anxious.  I didn’t know what to expect next and having had a miscarriage before that pregnancy, I couldn’t help but let my mind wander to the shadowy realms of my disquieted mind.  

Because my pregnancy was considered higher risk, I was seeing a high-risk specialist throughout my entire pregnancy, which meant weekly to bi-weekly appointments as the pregnancy progressed.  The first trimester had me on progesterone suppositories to ensure I had enough to sustain the pregnancy.  For some it may have been a taxing process (it most certainly took a lot of time, patience and financial burden with all the appointments to and from downtown Toronto) but it was a reassurance and a reminder to me and my husband of how fortuitous we were with the wonderful healthcare we have available to us.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many expecting mothers in this world.

Did you know that every day, more than 800 women die from pregnancy or child-birth related complications in developing countries?

Show Your Heart for Maternal Health 

This Mother’s Day, join ADRA Canada and stand up for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH).

MNCH is one of the most common acronyms used in discussions on global health, yet many Canadians have never heard of it. In Canada, access to health care and nutrition ensures MNCH deficiencies are the exception rather than the norm. Unfortunately, in other parts of the world, MNCH is of major concern as maternal and child mortality rates are unacceptably high. That’s why, this Mother’s Day, ADRA Canada – part of the world-wide ADRA network, working to end extreme poverty in some of the poorest communities of the world – is calling on Canadians to show their heart for maternal health by helping to raise much-needed awareness through social media. 

The Show Your Heart for Maternal Health campaign encourages Canadians to raise awareness for MNCH by sharing a photo or video with their hands placed over their belly buttons in the shape of a heart, using the hashtag #Heart4MaternalHealthShow Your Heart for Maternal Health is designed to develop a deeper understanding of global MNCH in Canada and to drive active involvement of Canadians. Nearly all maternal and child deaths are preventable and by helping to improve MNCH, we can help save lives.

ADRA Canada will launch the campaign on its social media channels April 24, 2017, leading up to Mother’s Day, and will ask Canadians to participate until the end of May. 

 “Pregnancy is a time for full hearts and joy, but because of poor maternal health in developing countries and remote communities, it often ends in heartbreak,” says James Astleford, Executive Director, ADRA Canada. “In Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Rwanda, the most significant causes of maternal and child mortality are high rates of acute and chronic malnutrition of mothers and children. If babies don’t receive enough nutrition within the first 1,000 days of life, the brain does not develop properly and this is irreversible. These deaths and consequences of severe malnutrition are preventable. By increasing awareness of MNCH among Canadians, we are sending a message of hope and support – encouraging more Canadians to take action.”

Show Your Heart for Maternal Health is part of ADRA Canada’s EMBRACE project – a four-year initiative, primarily funded by the Government of Canada.

Support with your Heart

Show your heart and support by participating in the Program by sharing images of your hands placed over belly button (can be over your shirt) in the shape of a heart on your social media platforms using the hashtag #Heart4MaternalHealth.

This was my bump with my firstborn at 8 months. <3

Learn more by visiting HeartForMaternalHealth.ca to follow ADRA Canada’s journey and learn more about the EMBRACE project.

Visit them on Social Media:
Facebook: Heart 4 Maternal Health
Instagram: @4MaternalHealth
Twitter: @Heart4MaternalHealth

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with ADRA Canada; however as always, all opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.

7 comments on “Show Your Heart For Maternal Health”

  1. awe what a great way to spread awareness of Maternal Health! and thank you so much for sharing your story! Sometimes we have to wait a while to get what we really hope for but how rewarding is it when it happens <3

  2. Thank you for sharing your story , I’d love to participate. I also struggled with infertility. After an IUI treatment I miscarried and finally after 3 years of struggling I for pregnant. As happy as I was I was a nervous wreck the entire pregnanCy. I was thankful to have such amazing care during it. I love this initiative

    • Wow thank you for sharing. What a journey. I’m sorry for your loss but also happy for your success! I remember feeling the same way throughout my pregnancies; every little movement (or lack of), spotting, etc. scared me and had me questioning my gyno. All a happy ending! 🙂

  3. Thank you for your information on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) to raise awareness of global health. It’s such an important issue!

  4. I absolutely love this initiative!! It’s so important! Thanks for sharing your story as well. This is why I love blogs – they’re super personal and relatable!

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