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Why Midwives Can Be So Incredibly Important

For a lot of us, it's hard to imagine giving birth without any help. It's even harder to imagine surviving that experience and then losing the child. That's the terrible reality that 40 million women without access to hospitals and trained midwives face every year. It's time to bring this issue to the forefront. There are legit solutions within reach, and BBC Radio perfectly sums them up. Hint: the key lies at 0:51. The door it opens lies at 1:44.

Why Midwives Can Be So Incredibly Important
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A woman who cannot get to a hospital or plan a different method of delivery should still be able to give birth with the assistance of someone who knows what to do. Here are some examples of midwives around the world who are doing just that — and ensuring that a baby's first day is not its last.


Midwife Farhiya Muse Ali with newborn baby, Gardo General Hospital, Puntland, Somalia. Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children


Eva checking Fuzia, 28, at the ante natal clinic in Mvolo, South Sudan. Credit: Rachel Palmer/Save the Children


Elsie Massaquoi (55), midwife at Massam Maternal and Child Health Post. Credit: Jordi Matas/Save the Children


Gashaw Geleta, 24, midwife at Kelalla Health Clinic in Amhara region of Ethiopia. Credit: Jiro Ose/Save the Children


Kebbah Franklin, 50, midwife at the Crozierville Community Clinic, Liberia. Credit: Mark Darrough/Save the Children


A Save the Children midwife examines Karina in the Philippines. Credit: David Wardell/Save the Children


Elsie Massaquoi (55), midwife at Massam Maternal and Child Health Post. Credit: Jordi Matas/Save the Children


Midwife Sadya Naeemi, 20, who won Save the Children’s EVERY ONE Midwife Award 2011, at the Qarqen public health clinic of Jawzjan province in Afghanistan. Credit: Farzana Wahidy/Save the Children

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.