What keeps me awake at night

Last night I could hardly sleep.

I was thinking about mothers and babies in Africa. About young women who face difficult choices and impossible odds. And about how the simplist of things – a sterile razor blade, a bar of soap, a warm blanket – can mean the difference between life and death for a mother or her child.

I was also thinking about how far women who live in rural villages across Africa, Asia and Latin America have to walk if something goes wrong when they are giving birth.

And so I lay there thinking about how less than $10 could save the life of a mother and her baby.

Last week I wrote a blog post about The Only Way to End the Orphan Crisis. As I am finishing up the research for In Defense of the Fatherless, this is one topic that I am still studying.

It is a topic very close to my heart. If I had been pregnant in Africa instead of the United States, I might not have my boys. I experienced preterm labor in all of my pregnancies. I spent months on medication and bed rest. Two of my boys were born prematurely. My youngest weighed just 3 pounds when he was born 2 months early. Would Zephan have survived if he were born in Uganda? Sadly, the answer is probably no.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

What works to save the lives of mothers and babies in the developing world?

I feel like this could be a book all on its own.

But here are a few places to start.

Grab a box of tissues and read about Kupendwa Ministries. Started by a young woman, Amy, who adopted from Uganda – and then moved there to make a difference – Kupendwa cares for pregnant teenagers who are in desperate circumstances.

And then spend $7  t0 buy a Mama Kit to help a woman in Uganda have a safe birth.

If you want to go deeper, read Half the Sky. This book is about injustice against women in the world today. It is incredibly challenging and helpful.

One thing Mercy for Mamas and Kupendwa Ministries have in common is that they were started by women who adopted and then felt a call to do more. I think this is important. There is such incredible passion and enthusiasm in the Christian adoption movement. Families and churches are making huge sacrifices for adoption. Can we find a way to translate some of this passion for orphans into a passion for preventing children from becoming orphans?

Do you know of any other ministries or organizations that are doing an amazing job caring for vulnerable mothers and babies?





Sara Brinton


SARA BRINTON is a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She leads marketing for Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create opportunity in developing countries. Sara and her husband, Mark, live in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

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