But the anticipation also has a practical purpose— determining whether the fetus is alive, how many fetuses are in the womb, and the approximate due date. Without an ultrasound, parents have almost no way of knowing that the family they want to start will be an actuality or what concerns they should foresee. Sadly, more than not knowing their baby’s gender, they don’t know their baby’s health. That’s the reality in some countries, like Liberia.
In Liberia, women are 40% more likely to die during the birth of their child. Can you imagine being 40% at risk of dying just for getting pregnant? In the capital city, Monrovia, which has a population of approximately 2 million people, ONLY 5 facilities have Ultrasound Machines. Because of this, more babies are born with needs that could have been addressed prior to birth. And many of these babies face untimely death. The superficial delight of “Congratulations, your baby will be a boy/girl,” goes unheard. For these reasons, we (YESLiberia, Inc.) wanted to do something about it; but we knew we couldn’t do it alone.
We’ve partnered with the Duport Road Health Center in Monrovia, Liberia for this project. Our first activity is this “WEAR for THEM” fundraiser campaign. All proceeds will be used to purchase Ultrasound Machines for women-focused facilities, with the necessary staff training, to administer FREE ultrasound services to women in Liberia, especially to women in the rural parts of the countries.
We are calling on all Nursing Students, CNAs, Doula/Midwives, Nurses, Pediatricians, and all Health professionals to host their own fundraiser campaigns or join this campaign. Students across Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, New York, and Delaware are supporting this project. If you’re a student we urge you to support this project. If you’re a working professional, please donate few bucks.
Get your shirt and send a picture of you wearing a shirt to post to our social media pages. Help us raise funds in your communities by talking to your church, the women’s department at your school, your employers, your employees, your clients, and most importantly, your family members and friends.
Together, let’s give these women an option and educate them on health for their babies and themselves. We look forward to hearing your stories on how you intend to help or how successful you were at helping.
Other Projects at: www.YesLiberia.org