Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I Am My Sisters Keeper

I wanted to let you all know about an issue in Ethiopia that affects many women after childbirth. The condition is called obstetric fistula.

"Obstetric fistula was very common throughout the entire world but virtually disappeared within Europe and North America due to improvements in obstetrical care. To this day, the prevalence of obstetrical fistula is much lower in places that discourage early marriage, encourage and provide education of women and their bodies, and grant women access to family planning and skilled medical teams to assist during childbirth. This condition is still very prevalent in the developing world, especially in parts of Africa and much of South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal)."

As many of us that walk through this road introduced to our children's birth country, we feel that we must do something to improve the lives of families left behind. Two adoptive mother's have created a fistula prevention fund called, "Rahel and Kennedy's Circle of Friends". They are raising money to pay for the services women will need in the Fistula hospital in Ethiopia.

Check out there site and make a donation. There are so many great causes and getting involved helps the wait.

Below is Part 1 of the video series.

Video Part 2
Video Part 3

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Original Court Date: April 18, 2009
Final Court Date: May 18, 2009
[607 total days & 165 days w/IAN]