Why I Loved Twinning My Pregnancy (and think you will too)

Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve started to think some unusual things to myself. I set out on the 10 minute walk to go and see the midwife and think, “Glad I don’t have to walk 15 kilometers in flipflops right now.” I go to antenatal class and think, “Imagine if nobody had told me any of this.” I try to eat a load of meat to get some iron and think, “How do women do this when they barely have enough food to feed themselves?”

I’m not some kind of selfless saint; it’s just that I’ve been involved in the Pregnancy Twinning initiative for a couple of years and I constantly hear stories from Malawi about the difficulties mums there face. No transport to the health clinic. No advice or information. Not enough food. It doesn’t seem fair.

Somebody twinned my pregnancy for me as a congratulatory gift, and it felt great to be supporting one of these resilient women across the world through her pregnancy too.

I think Pregnancy Twinning is a brilliant programme because the idea is so simple and the effect is so big. It’s not like maternal mortality in places like rural Malawi is a complex problem that’s too big for us to solve; there are a few very simple issues that are surprisingly easy to fix.

Kathryn, one of the women Pregnancy Twinning is helping in Kamwe, Northern Malawi.

It’s not expensive to provide this kind of help — it only costs £1 per week of pregnancy — but the impact it has is huge, with many lives saved and countless stories of safe, healthy deliveries.

One village the programme works in has seen maternal deaths completely eliminated since Pregnancy Twinning began — the tragedies that were once so common just don’t happen any more. I think that’s pretty awesome.

Originally published by Mel Carlisle at pregnancytwinning.org, April 12, 2017.

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