Midwives, like Fatimata, can be a profound and powerful voice for change in their countries. If their services were available and accessible to all women and babies who need them, midwives could help avert two-thirds of the nearly 300,000 maternal deaths and half of the 3 million newborn deaths that occur each year.
After a brutal winter, summer has finally arrived. While everyone is surely thrilled, America's children are probably the most excited of all. Summer means they can shed the confines of the classroom for days of popsicles, sun and freedom. For most kids, it's the best time of the year. But sadly, not for all.
Drums always make me think of Africa and the ways we celebrate. In fact, we will go out of our way to find a reason to celebrate. Drumbeats accompany marriages, births, graduations, protests, celebrations . . . pretty much any major milestone. The birth of a child is celebrated with drums that have a particularly special meaning. After all, when an unborn child is developing, the first sound it hears is mother's rhythmic heartbeat.
It has been predicted that everything in the future will be connected and "communicate" with one another. There is even a phrase for it: the Internet of Everything (IoE).
When my dad was a kid, he would have the same conversation over and over again. He would patiently listen as people shared the stories about the events surrounding their birth and the role his grandmother, a midwife, had played. It surprised my dad that she had delivered so many babies, and that so many years later, they wanted to express deep gratitude.