MAMA MAYA A MOTHERS QUEST TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE GOOD WORDS BY BERNICE CAMPBELL
hen Robyn Jones was in labour with her eldest son, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. While at the time, Robyn was concerned for her son’s wellbeing, her care providers assured her that a nuchal cord was quite common and rarely caused any problems for the baby. Nevertheless, Robyn was grateful for her access to world class health facilities and highly trained specialist medical staff, and most of all to the health of her now five year old son. This experience in birth lead to the gift that keeps on giving to new mamas both in Australia and all around the world. Not long after Robyn’s birth experience, she heard about the work of the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA). BKFA provides training programs and clean birthing kits to women in remote areas around the world to
help reduce the incidence of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. Every two minutes, one woman dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth - 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries. In a country like Uganda, 1 in 16 women die in pregnancy or childbirth. It’s a sobering statistic when, in Australia, this statistic is as low as 6 in 100 000 women thanks to our access to excellent maternal health care. While counting her blessings, Robyn came up with the idea of Mama Maya because “every women deserves a clean and safe childbirth.” Robyn explains “I took something that every parent of babies owns multiples of, a simple muslin wrap, and built a one-for-one model
Published on Feb 13, 2017
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