Last week we had one of the quarterly Mama Zawadi events that Still A Mum organizes. The Mama Zawadi events started as baby showers for rainbow moms (moms pregnant after a previous baby loss). The August one was our 7th event and I am so happy to have met over 100 pregnant through these forums. You may wonder what exactly happens at these events. There is definitely some eating, photos and cake like every baby shower. But we are not just about fun. No. The bulk of the program is spent teaching the women on healthy pregnancy practices, preparing for labor and delivery, looking after a newborn and postpartum care for the mom. We have partnered with a gynecologist and a midwife who is also a doula and child birth educator. We have a Q&A session after each presentation too. For the last 2 years, similar questions and concerns keep coming up. One such question is “what should a mom-to-be consider when selecting a hospital to deliver in?” When this question came up at this last event, the gynecologist -Dr. Jane Wakahe, a doctor I have seen for over 6 years – mentioned the usual: get a hospital that is clean, whose staff are friendly and mostly a hospital that can handle emergencies. And what does that mean? It means a hospital that has a well-functioning theatre should an emergency C-Section be needed, a nursery for the baby should they need medical support and an ambulance should they need to move you. [Read more…]
Last Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, posted that he and his wife Priscilla were expecting a baby girl. He also revealed that they had suffered three miscarriages in their journey to get a baby. That post was extremely personal and it has done so much good. It is helping create awareness on miscarriages and letting couples who have been there to feel less alone. I was so thrilled to log onto Facebook and Twitter and find I had been tagged by friends thrice on that post. I have been writing about miscarriages for 2 years now; sharing the stories of our loss and grief. For the last two weeks we have been having this conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #StillAMum and I have received amazing feedback – the conversation goes on every Thursday from 10am. To see Zuckerberg share their personal struggles is extremely encouraging. Why? Because we need to talk about this taboo topic and encourage other women to talk about their experiences. Here are several reasons why we should talk about miscarriages. [Read more…]
Two weeks ago I wrote an article on Silence is not the answer – miscarriages in Kenya. In it I challenged the media to pick up the issue of miscarriages and create awareness on it. Well, someone in the media read that post and yesterday I had the pleasure of being featured on the Star newspaper. I was interviewed by an amazing journalist who let me tell my story. In case you didn’t see the story, here it is.
It is important that I start by saying that I received tremendous support from a lot people. The comments I received were encouraging and strengthening. People I didn’t even know wrote me emails to say how sorry they were for my loss, to commend for being brave enough to share my story and to share their own stories of loss and grief. I got emails from women and men alike. I was humbled by all the love and encouragement I received and for that I say thank you. [Read more…]