Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Mother’s Day Gift That Gives Lasting Joy

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For $13 You Can Help Save a Newborn's Life and Still Afford Flowers for Your Mom

WESTPORT,Conn. (April 13, 2010) — This Mother's Day, Save the Children has a special gift that can help save a newborn's life in some of the poorest, most remote communities in the world. For as little as $13 you can buy one Newborn Care Package, which is a package consisting of life-saving supplies and information for a new mother and her baby. Your gift can be given in your own mother's name or to honor another mom or special person.

Each kit contains essential supplies; for example, depending on the country, a kit may have soap, a clean cloth in which to wrap the baby, guidance on breastfeeding and a knit baby cap to provide warmth during the first critical hours of life. Your gift can also help with the cost of training community health workers who make home visits to mothers who are without easy access to hospitals or clinics.

Nearly 4 million babies die each year in their first month of life — half within the first 24 hours of life — mostly from preventable and treatable causes, such as pneumonia and diarrhea. Thousands of these young lives can be saved with existing, affordable solutions. This gift can help give a mother the supplies and education she needs to give her baby a healthy start in life.

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