Monday, March 23, 2015

One For One

When I was pregnant with my daughter, in my third trimester, I developed preeclampsia (a serious condition that put my health at risk).  Though we attempted bed rest for a period of time, my symptoms became so severe that I had to be induced 3 weeks early.  During the course of labor, my daughter's heart rate dropped dangerously low.  I remember the doctors & nurses rushing into our room and telling me that I would have to be prepped for an emergency C-section.  I cannot explain the fear that began coursing through my body when I heard those words. Looking back on it now, I am so grateful for the wisdom & quick action of our medical staff that day.  As it turned out, my daughter had the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around her neck - if they had not intervened & if we had continued with the regular birthing process, she may not have survived.  

Today I've partnered with TOMS to share my story to help raise awareness for a need that is so prevalent in countless countries.  Did you know that 40 million women across the world give birth each year without the help of a skilled birth attendant? Babies are lost every day due to complications in pregnancy & childbirth, simply because these mothers don't have access to medical care.  Because of the experience I went through & how my daughter's life was saved, this is a cause that's close to my heart.  

With the training & proper materials to provide a safe delivery, mothers are 80% less likely to develop an infection & almost half of newborn deaths can be prevented.  In their effort to make a difference, TOMS has launched a line of handbags to support their One For One Campaign.  For every bag that is purchased, TOMS will help administer a safe birth for a mother & baby in need.  I personally love supporting organizations & brands that are committed to contributing to worthy causes like this one.  So, I'm sharing my favorites from their new line of handbags today - these are all under $100, perfect for summer + shipping is free!  Nothing feels better than giving back, especially when you know that your purchase can positively impact another woman's life.


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