Global Team of 200

Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

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No matter where you are babies draw a crowd. It is no different in Ethiopia at a rural health post where babies are with their mothers for care. At a recent stop at a health post in Hawassa, Ethiopia, one baby girl wore a handmade, traditional bracelet her mother told us keeps away hiccups. Despite the mother’s use of cultural practices she luckily still brought her baby into the health center for preventive medicine and a check-up with the nurses.

Ethiopia is a success story. Through the government, NGOs, and the provate sector ethiopia has effectively reduced the number of newborn deaths from 54 per every 100,000 live births to 29 from 1990 - 2012. That is a remarkable achivement. It’s Health Extension Program, accorsing to Save the Children, is one of the major interventions that is keeping more babies and children alive. 

Save the Children just launched its most recent report, Ending Newborn Deaths which lays out a roadmap to drastically decrease the 2.9 million babies that die each year from preventable causes. 

In many areas of Ethiopia where traditions still plays an active role in childbirth and health, especially in Ethiopia’s lowlands and highlands, it is customary for mothers who have just had a child to self-isolate for at least six weeks before being seen by other members of the family and the community. Per traditional culture after the isolation period the baby will be named. Unfortunately many of the health complications for babies occur within the first few days of birth, but the government, through the expertise of NGOs on the ground and locals, have been able to keep more children alive through frontline health workers that check on babies and mothers in the critical period right after birth. It is important for health extension workers to care for babies and ensure their healthy development. Because health extension workers are trusted community members sometimes they can see a mother’s baby and sometimes they cannot, but they are making considerable progress.

The health extension workers work diligently to encourage mothers to take their babies to health posts for regular check-ups or bring them in when their babies are sick instead of relying on traditional cultural remedies and practices.

2.9 million newborns around the world did not live past 28 days and 1 million of those babies died within the first 24 hours of life? 1.2 million babies died of stillbirth in 2012. These numbers are reported in Save the Children’s latest report released today: Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives. Those numbers are huge, but that doesn’t diminish how many mothers in the United States also lose newborns.


My birth stories are much different from most mothers. My first two children were adopted, and my third child was the only one who I gave birth too. When I first found out that I was pregnant, I was excited and nervous at the same time. After my first appointment with the doctor, we learned that my pregnancy would be an extremely high risk pregnancy. They had found that there was an abnormality in my womb that put my unborn child and I at risk. (via Glitterful Felt Stories: My Miracle Baby)

The first day of a child’s life is the most dangerous, and too many mothers give birth alone on the floor of their home or in the bush without any life-saving help. We hear horror stories of mothers walking for hours during labor to find trained help, all too often ending in tragedy. “It’s criminal that many of these deaths could be averted simply if there was someone on hand to make sure the birth took place safely and who knew what to do in a crisis.”
Holding your baby, hearing the first cry of your baby and nursing your baby for the first time is emotional. The maternal feelings, the bliss, is more than I can describe. And it caused me to forget a lot of the pain and some of the terrible things I said during labor! Both of my daughters were born in Florida. Although there is the chance of newborn death in the first 24 hours in the US, it is much lower than in poverty stricken countries such as Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo. There are many reasons for this newborn deaths, reported by Save the Children. And there are ways to lower these statistics. Their report, “Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives” tackles these problems. First the good news: “The world has made amazing progress in reducing child mortality during the past decade – nearly halved from 12 million to 6.6 million – thanks to global political action on immunization, treatment of pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria, family planning and nutrition.” (Source – Save The Children)

Save the Children presents its annual report Ending Newborn Deaths Ensuring Every Child Survives. About Proximity is partnering with Global Team of 200 to share the report with people invested in making a difference. The statistic that stands out to me is that 40 million women give birth alone, without any health care worker or midwife present. (via to give voice | About Proximity)

* 1,000,000 babies die each year on their first day of birth. * 50% of first day deaths around the world can be prevented if the mother and baby had
access to health care and a skilled midwife.
* Deaths happen because of premature birth and complications during birth, such as prolonged labor, pre-eclampsia and infection, which can be avoided if quality health is available.
* 12 million babies are stillborn annually from childbirth complications, maternal infections, and hypertension. (via Crabby Mamas: A Mother’s Love is Global)

Though I wouldn’t classify labor as the most joyful experience, the end result certainly was! Caring doctors and nurses helped bring each of my precious babies into the world, taking care of our need and health concerns. I feel truly blessed that my children and I do not know what it’s like to have unsafe delivery conditions or lack of access to proper medical care. (via Ending Newborn Deaths #FirstDay | Save The Children’s Report on Newborn Health #globalteamof200)

I realize I am literally one of the most fortunate women on earth. For each of my four births both my baby and I received the medical care we needed. My first son needed intervention and was born using assistance. My body’s birth damage was treated instantly and monitored while during healing. My second son was born after months of bed rest on my part. His placenta was both low and partially separated from the uterus from his twelfth week of gestation on. With my first daughter, I had edema. My second daughter I had bradycardia immediately after her birth. My heart rate was under 30 beats a minute for a while. (via Save the Children on their #FirstDay)