Bringing together mums for mums
Team Mum will be the biggest appeal that Child.org have ever run. Together, we will create a support system for new mums living in a place where pregnancy and birth are unacceptably dangerous.
Our pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya will teach mums vital health information and offer medical support. They will make women's pregnancies happier and safer, saving the lives of thousands of mums and babies. We need your help to make this happen, watch this space for our appeal launch, and get in touch to ask how you can help.
We're running our own stage at Vault Festival, organising our first ever all-women Ride Africa, and putting out our appeal though 120 amazing Team Mum Partners, to encourage as many people as we possibly can to fundraise, donate and share our message.
What is a Team Mum Partner?
Around 120 brands, influencers and organisations have joined us as Team Mum Partners.
As a Team Mum Partner, you will...
- Be invited to our exclusive Team Mum appeal launch party on 1st February
- Share and/or create Team Mum Appeal messaging content during the appeal period of Feb-April, to help tell the world that pregnant women need health information and support
- By taking part, you will help Child.org to fund brand new pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya. By funding these groups, we believe that we can save the lives of thousands of newborn babies.
Whether you're a retailer willing to include campaign leaflets in your online orders or a blogger looking for engaging stories to tell, Child.org will provide you with the content and resources that work for your networks and audiences. If you'd like to be involved in any of this, email us to request to join Team Mum now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"As a senior midwife I know that, even with good support, access to online forums and free antenatal education, becoming a mother and having a tiny human rely on you is frightening to say the least.
"I can only imagine how terrifying and lonely it must be for any woman lacking support, preparation and education. Charities like Child.org are an absolute necessity if we are to facilitate change."
Marie Louise • Marie Louise Maternity • Team Mum Partner
Team Mum Ride Africa
Team Mum goals
Igembe, Meru is an area of Kenya where women in lack agency and status in their communities. Here, around 80% of new mothers do not attend all their antenatal sessions, less than half are attended at their birth by any kind of skilled birth attendant and only a quarter seek postnatal care. The roads are incredibly poor, making it hard for the local government to supply health workers and for mums to travel for health appointments.
As well as health information and support being difficult to access and sporadic, this is a place where mums are facing particular challenges. Early marriage is normalised and 42% of pregnancies are to adolescent mothers. Early marriage means many mums have left school early and have low levels of health education and few social connections to offer support. 31% of adolescent girls in this area have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation, which can lead to significant birth complications.
Mums in this area have told us that they feel isolated and alone, that they have noone to turn to. As any new mum will understand, they are frightened. They need support systems and they need information.
Together, Team Mum will fund and launch pregnancy support groups that will support 5700 pregnant women.
Our groups will provide a programme of training that will arm these vulnerable new mums with the information they need to keep their babies healthy and strong, through pregnancy and in those vital early months. By empowering these women, Child.org can save more babies in a country where one in 26 die before their first birthday.
"He just wakes up suddenly at night and gets startled during the day. I don't know why he struggles to breathe. I have to be very careful with him. I wish someone told me what to do.”
- Laura, Team Mum Contributor, told us about her pregnancy experience to support and inform Team Mum. She told us that what she needs most is advice and support.
Team Mum at Vault Festival
Child.org are partnering with Vault Festival, with an exclusive Team Mum venue! This exciting new venue at The Horse and Stables will host a variety of theatre, comedy, music and poetry, all with a special emphasis on the power of femininity and motherhood.
A percentage of ticket sales for this venue will be donated to Team Mum. You can also join Team Mum by donating on the night!
3 ways to join Team Mum NOW
Plan your support today! Just email Ami at email@example.com to ask what you can do to help, or give her a call in the Child.org office on 07751768207.
Book tickets for one of our awesome shows at Vault Festival.
What would you say to a new mum?
We asked some of the mums in Meru and Nairobi what information could have made their pregnancy happier and safer.
Donnata was married when she was 19 and pregnant with her first baby at 20. During her first pregnancy she felt completely unprepared, she was shy and feared talking to others, and she was not told at her prenatal clinics what she would need to buy or prepare. When she went into labour she didn't recognise it, and just thought it was general pain.
Jacinta was 21 when she became pregnant. Her boyfriend wanted her to have an abortion, but Jacinta didn't want to - she says she didn't want to give up, and felt ready to take care of the baby. Her boyfriend promised to support her, but he didn't. She did receive some support from her parents, even though they were shocked by the pregnancy.
Evelyn (left) and Mercy, with baby Brighton
Evelyn's last pregnancy, six years ago, ended in tragedy. At eight months pregnant she had an accident at home and started bleeding. She was taken to hospital, where she says nurses were slow to respond but eventually said she was OK and left her to be looked after by medical students. However, when Evelyn came to give birth the doctors found she had lost too much blood, and water from her womb. Evelyn says that she had lost so much blood that the doctors could not locate her veins. She fell asleep in the hospital and later woke to be told that her baby had died.
Doris has a seven month old baby, and seldom receives any support from the father.